Globe-trotting Student Gastronauts Gain European Work Experience

03 April 2018 | Hospitality & Catering

Globe-trotting students have returned with a host of job offers and work placement opportunities after five months working, touring and soaking up new cultures as part of a European travel programme.

The students, who study hospitality and catering at City College Plymouth, have been working all across Europe, feeding the hungry in Hungary, making pastries in Paris, and satisfying stomachs in Sweden and have all returned with offers of further work placements; and one student gaining a permanent job.

Alanna, 19, went to Norway and worked as a patisserie chef in Bryggerikjeelleren Restaurant. She said: “It was a really cool adventure – I got to travel around the country and experience a new culture. This has been an opportunity for me to really broaden my horizons and catch that travel bug. I have learnt how to cope in high pressure situations, good timing and how to ski!”

City College’s European Partnerships Officer, Cat Sheppard, said: “It is an incredible accomplishment that every single student has gained additional work placements and a testament to all their hard work. One student, Jordan, has even gained a permanent job and is moving to Paris in April.

“Each year our students really impress us with their professionalism, and this group is no exception. This project allows us to form important partnerships with colleges across Europe giving our students more and more opportunities to explore what the world has to offer.

Funded by Erasmus+ the students spent several weeks in different European countries working in restaurants and hotels as part of the CHASE programme. The programme offers exciting opportunities for European participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad.

For information about the hospitality and catering courses available, or how to get involved in Erasmus+ funded projects, the College is holding an Open Day on Saturday 28 April, 10.00am to 1.00pm at Kings Road. For further details visit cityplym.ac.uk/events or call 01752 305300.

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