Earlier this year, 70 Hospitality and Catering students took part in an exciting project to run the Holiday Inn Hotel in Eastleigh for two days. In January 2016, the students plan to take over the entire hotel again, managing all the departments including housekeeping, front office and catering.
Senior staff from the Holiday Inn recently came to Eastleigh College to launch the start of the project, briefing first, second and third year Hospitality and Catering students on what will be expected of them in the coming months. The project is already underway, with students in the process of writing CVs and job applications for the positions they wish to fill during the takeover weekend.
Alastair Lawson, General Manager at the Holiday Inn, said, “Students will fill roles in all aspects of the business, including Operations, Reservations, and even my role! The students will be given as much autonomy as possible, and they will actually be running our staff Christmas party banquet for us from start to finish. It’s win-win situation for everyone involved - the students will receive feedback at every stage of the process, and there is even the opportunity for employment. We currently have about a dozen students from last year’s takeover working with us.”
The students will go through a rigorous interview process with the hotel management before being selected for their roles and undertaking an induction programme. Applicants for the most senior positions will be invited to a ‘speed interview’ at the hotel, where they will have just one minute to answer an interview question before moving on to the next interviewer.
This is a great opportunity for students to experience the employment process, from application to interview. They will also get to experience the pressures, challenges and rewards of working in a 4* hotel.
Students will be appointed their roles later this year, before undertaking their induction ahead of the takeover in January. To find out about last year’s takeover click here, or visit our Hospitality and Catering careers page to find out more about our courses.