Added on: 25th May, 2018 by Folkestone_12392
The Grand, Folkestone has been short-listed for a major industry award following work with the Folkestone Academy
Since January 2017 the General Manager of The Grand, Robert Richardson, and the Careers Coordinator at the Folkestone Academy, Katy Tibbles, have worked in partnership to provide numerous meaningful employer encounters and working placements to students of all ages at the Folkestone Academy. These encounters have provided students exposure to the hotel and hospitality industry both in the classroom and in the practical working environment and have led to more and more students becoming involved with The Grand in various degrees.
In recognition of these efforts the Institute of Hospitality, the global professional body for the hotel and hospitality industry, announced on Wednesday 23rd May that The Grand had been short-listed in the Institute’s annual awards for "Best Student Placement" an award which recognises those establishments that can show evidence of an inspirational Student Placement Scheme being in effect.
The short-list for the award has some significant industry leaders from the UK and internationally:
• Concord Hotels
• PPHE Hotel Group
• Hotel Icon
• Harper Adams University
• The RAF Club
• The Grand, Folkestone
• The Ritz, London
• Matharus Group
Hailed as one of the hospitality industry’s highest honours the IOH awards (sponsored by Planday) is fast becoming the industry version of the Oscars. Attendees have travelled internationally to attend and 2018 marks the first occasion that the Folkestone & Hythe District in Kent has been represented.
Robert Richardson said “Simply put it has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with the charming, intelligent and inspirational students at the Academy and to welcome two of them on board as employees at The Grand. The fact that our industry’s professional institution has recognised our efforts, on a level playing field with our friends at the Ritz in London and many other esteemed multinational businesses and learning providers, is testament to the fact that it isn’t about the resources available but the impact we have and continue to make on the lives of young people.”
Katy Tibbles said “It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with The Grand who have been hugely supportive of our careers programme and provided a range of meaningful opportunities which have helped students develop the skills, experience and confidence that they need to succeed in their future careers.“
A Folkestone Academy student, now employed at The Grand supported the award nomination and had the following to say “Through the year that I have been here (employed at The Grand) I have changed as a person, gaining maturity and confidence. The industry has given me more experience and a step closer in to adult life and I now understand important life skills, such as presentation and self-discipline, which are vital for my future life and time within the industry. I am very thankful of the opportunity.”
Winners will be announced on Tuesday 19th June 2018 and honoured at a gala ceremony at the Park Plaza on Westminster Bridge, London. Last years awards took place at the Montcalm London Marble Arch and winners included the Savoy Educational Trust, Dorchester Collection (UK Hotels), the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.