Christchurch pupils give first class service

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By Lou_101 | Monday, October 17, 2011, 10:34

Christchurch school pupils are among youngsters swapping the classroom for local hotels and businesses for the second year running, following the success of a new hospitality qualification.

65 more students from secondary schools across the conurbation have signed up for the Level 2 BTEC in Hospitality and Leisure, which will be seeing them learning their trades first hand from employers.

The aim of the Hospitality and Leisure Opportunities scheme (HALO) is to ensure the area's thriving tourist economy has the skilled worksforce it needs for the future, right on the doorstep.

The year 10 students visit hotels, businesses and cruise liners as part of their vocational studies learning from the professionals in a variety of fields from customer service to menu planning.

Employers taking part this year include the Menzies Carlton, Highcliffe Marriott, the Captain's Club, Premier Crew Training, City Centre Recruitment and English 2000.

The Bournemouth Area Hospitality Association (BAHA) also supports the scheme.

Claire March, HR and training manager, at the Menzies Carlton Hotel, said: "Working with the students is an excellent opportunity to give them a unique insight into the hospitality industry together with an excellent vocational qualification.

"It allows students to benefit from the expertise of their peers, and from an employer's perspective for them to identify the talent of tomorrow.

"Given the many career opportunities available in Dorset in hospitality, the close relationship with the schools that is being forged within the community can really benefit everyone."

Schools taking part are Glenmoor, Twynham, QE, Ferndown Upper, Bourne Academy and Winton Boys.

This is the second year Level 2 of the qualification has been run and the fifth for Level 1.

A HALO spokesperson said: "Working alongside local hotels and BAHA offers students a real context to experience the breadth of vocational opportunities available locally in this thriving industry."



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