Pupils from Stocksbridge, Parkwood Academy, and Springs Academy schools took part in Hospitality Sheffield’s seventh annual Spring Forward event, which took place around the city yesterday.
The day long Taster event is designed to give pupils aged 14 and 15 an introduction to the careers that could be open to them within the hospitality industry, as well as a chance to talk to some of the providers of courses and qualifications, and industry professionals.
One of the activities was a lunch time table service competition at the Novotel. Food & Beverage Team Leader Robert Olzewsky commented:
“I was really impressed by the pupils’ attention to detail and their enthusiasm for the task. This industry is all about going out of your way to make things extra special for the customer, and I felt like the pupils really took that on board. I think it made a nice change for them to be able to get so hands on with a task, and to know that the final responsibility for making sure it was right sat with them.”
Other hotels which took part in the day included Hilton Sheffield, Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel, Mercure St Pauls and Jurys Inn. The hotels put on demonstrations and viewings of areas such as commercial kitchen, leisure centre and spa, restaurant service and accommodation. Pupils also took a tour of the new training facilities at Sheffield Hallam University, as well as a careers workshop with Hospitality Sheffield members including The Copthorne Hotel , Hampton by Hilton and Mercure St Pauls.
The event also included a course information session with Sheffield College, Sheaf training ,The Hospitality Academy , Spring Board and Sheffield Hallam University, who sponsored the event.
“Sheffield, like many cities, is finding it harder and harder to find talented staff from the local area – which seems a huge shame when so many young people in the area are struggling to find employment. Spring Forward aims to give a real hands-on insight into the workings of a busy hotel or kitchen, and to inspire them – a career within hospitality can be exciting, challenging and rewarding, particularly in a city recently ranked the best city for hotel service in the UK.”*