City College students take over The Duke of Cornwall for a week

A group of students from City College in Plymouth have been involved in a ground-breaking project at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel.

Students and staff from the college took over the Duke of Cornwall for a week in January, handling everything from their reception desk and housekeeping to the hotel’s award-winning food and bar service.

The event, dubbed ‘City College @ The Duke’, was the first of its kind in the city and gave students a unique opportunity to experience the day-to-day running of an established hotel under the tutelage of the Duke of Cornwall’s expert staff.

The Duke’s director, Jonathan Morcom, is a former graduate of the college and has enjoyed a close working relationship with them over the years.

He said: “My best memories of the college were the opportunities we were given to actually work in real-life kitchens and experience the industry first hand.

“That’s why we’ve worked with City College to provide work placements and Apprenticeship opportunities for their students here at The Duke. I believe it is important for us to give back to the community and really show young people what a career in the hotel and catering industry looks like.

“People asked if I was nervous but, honestly, I had total confidence in the calibre of students that the college can produce. I have been consistently impressed with those who have worked with us over the years and I know that when they really apply themselves, there’s no limit to what they can achieve.”

The students had to go through a rigorous interview process in order to qualify for a place on this ultimate work experience placement.

Mike Jones, employability and enterprise manager at City College, said: “Our students have really excelled themselves, taking on board the industry knowledge from the team at The Duke.

“It’s a great confidence boost for these young people looking to pursue a career in the tourism and leisure industry. With around five million visitors a year, this is a key sector for the region’s economy; therefore, it is important that we continue to work with our employer partners to support our future workforce with high quality training and work experience placements.”

 

First published in the Plymouth Shopper – February 2018

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