Students Gain Employment Skills at College Enterprise Day

15 February 2018 | Hospitality & Catering

Industry professional share their expert tips with students on how to get ahead in their careers at City College Plymouth’s Enterprise Day.

Building on the success of the event last year, the College joined forces with customer service company Aramark to provide hospitality and catering, travel and tourism and business students with insight into areas such as: leadership, branding, finance, employability, and personal wellbeing, as well as identifying the skills employers are looking for when recruiting staff. 

Aramark works across the food, facilities and uniforms sectors in 19 countries around the world and provides the College’s catering and cleaning services. Twenty-five of its senior staff hosted the event, representing a range of disciplines including marketing, catering, HR, finance and management.

During the day, students heard from Aramark directors and cabin crew auditors from Skypeople who discussed their career pathways, the importance of a healthy work ethic, and advertising and brand development, but the key topic of the day was professionalism.

The day concluded in PL1 Restaurant, with a guest speaker from ethical drinks company One Drink. She explained how the brand started and how they came to sell bottled water with the profits going to provide clean water to the world’s poorest communities.

“Enterprise day was a unique opportunity for young people to learn how to stand out from the crowd,” said City College’s Academy Manager of Hospitality and Care, Chaz Talbot. “Here at the College we aim to give students all the tools they need to walk out of our doors and into a career. This event was about helping students enhance their CVs and gain the skills employers are looking for. The workshops and talks were designed to show students how to communicate effectively, problem solve and the importance of hard work and flexibility. The day culminated in a very emotional video, portraying an inspirational story. I have never seen the students so transfixed and emotional.”

For information on any of the courses available, the College is holding a Course Information Drop-in event on Wednesday 7 March, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, at Kings Road. Visit cityplym.ac.uk/events or call 01752 305300 to find out more.

 

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