Added on: 14th June, 2017 by Folkestone_12392
Katy Tibbles, CEIAG Coordinator, The Folkestone Academy said:
Six of our students were fortunate enough to spend a week at The Grand in Folkestone gaining valuable work experience. The students had the opportunity to experience different areas of the business and gained an insight into the wide variety of job roles that exist within the hospitality sector. All of the staff at The Grand went out of their way to make the students feel welcome and to support them during the week, resulting in them having an enjoyable but also meaningful experience. One of the students commented "I was really nervous about going on work experience but the staff were so kind that I soon settled in. It was a good opportunity for to try different types of work and to develop skills I never knew I had!".
Work experience is a valuable learning opportunity which we are unable to provide in the classroom and we are extremely grateful to The Grand and many other local employers, who supported our students through the process.
Robert Richardson, General Manager of The Grand & Enterprise Advisor for the Folkestone Academy said:
The Grand has never taken so many work experience students at once and it was fair to say we were a little nervous.
The students themselves were delightful, ready to learn and with a “Can-do” attitude!
The largest project they undertook was to aid our housekeeping and maintenance teams with the landscaping of our west side gardens which, in fairness, hadn’t had the attention that they deserved for a great many years. Now our west gardens match the opulence of the gardens on the south and east sides of the building and it is with a degree of pride that the school children can walk by and see the impact that they have made, not just now, but for years to come as our commercial gardens grow.
My team and I enjoyed the week we spent with these students, so much so that we kept one, and he will be taking his first step on the career ladder with us in the coming weeks.
For more information please see the attached article by the “Folkestone & Hythe Express” published on Wednesday 14th June 2017.