Young people have received experience of working in the local hospitality trade and invaluable guidance from hotel staff, thanks to a new pilot project.
Pembrokeshire County Council’s Youth Service has worked in partnership with three hotels in Tenby to deliver an Introduction to Hospitality Course for young people aged 18-25.
The course is among a range of programmes organised by the Youth Service aimed at supporting young people into education, employment or training.
One week after the course, half of the young people who took part are due to enter work, and the others had interviews lined up.
Nick Hudd, Deputy Manager of the Community Youth Team, said:
“The collaboration with The Giltar, Heywood and Premier Inn hotels has enabled us to link skills development with our local labour market. It also demonstrates the proactive role local businesses are willing to play in helping young people.”
Staff from each of the hotels went out of their way to offer participants, invaluable support, advice and guidance – and an opportunity to gain vocational experience that helps develop a range of transferable skills.
To compliment this package of support, Pembrokeshire Youth Service also ensured all those taking part successfully completed an accredited qualification relating to such work experience.
“Projects like this demonstrate what can be achieved when local authority departments link with commercial partners to help expand opportunities for young people. We now hope to develop the project and run it on a regular basis.” Said Nick.