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Students take over the Holiday Inn Hotel!

Over 70 Eastleigh College Hospitality and Catering students are preparing to step in and take over the running of the Holiday Inn hotel in Eastleigh, for two days on the 9th and 10th January 2015.

The brain child of the College’s Hospitality and Catering staff, this exciting and unique project aims to allow first, second and third year catering and hospitality students to experience the pressures, challenges and rewards of working in a 4* hotel. Students will have to apply for job roles at the hotel, before going through a rigorous interview process and once selected, an induction and training programme.

Students will fill a variety of roles including General Manager, Duty Manager, Housekeeping Manager, Head Chef, Bar Assistant, Receptionist and many more.

 Level 3 student, Dominik Piotrowski, was particularly excited with the prospect of working at the hotel adding:

“It’s a great opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like working in the industry. I am applying for the role of General Manager, and this process has made me look at other hotels and what’s required for such jobs.”

Alistair Lawson, the General Manager at the Holiday Inn, believes this to be a valuable opportunity for the students and commented:

“This is a unique opportunity for the students from Eastleigh College to take over our hotel and experience the way in which our business is run. The students will undergo a rigorous selection process for the positions and appointments will be made to those who can prove that they have the right attitude and ability to deliver the Holiday Inn brand experience. I do hope that everyone involved will enjoy the opportunity and if successful we hope to make this an annual event.”

For more information on the range of Hospitality and Catering programmes on offer at Eastleigh College visit our Hospitality and Catering careers page.