The event was hosted in order to work with the local community and to encourage more young people to consider the hospitality and catering industry as a future career.
The year 8 pupils were given a tour of Rockliffe Hall and had the opportunity to meet some of the team. Following the tour students were treat to an alternative school lunch by the Orangery’s executive head chef, Richard Allen. During their time at the resort Richard shared advice with the pupils on the hospitality industry.
When asked about young people in the hospitality and catering industry, Richard said: “There is a very real shortage of young people seriously considering hospitality and catering as a profession so we’re keen to work with our local schools and colleges to show them the types of opportunities that are available. At Rockliffe Hall we are passionate about employing as many local people as possible and showcasing who we are and what we do to young people is an ideal way to do this.”
Barbara Wilberforce, head of food technology at the King’s Academy, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience lunch in an exclusive setting and prepared to a standard well above their everyday experiences. Students will have the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by Rockliffe Hall’s team, seeing first-hand the range of opportunities at a top hotel. The hospitality industry is a valuable and growing sector of the economy offering a wide range of first class careers. Our students will gain a great deal from this visit whether they seek employment in the hospitality Industry or not as many of the skills used are highly transferable to other careers.”
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