260 students experience the tourism industry with The Buckatree Hotel
23rd March 2015
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An award winning hotel and a college in Telford have launched a new partnership which will see 260 students experience the tourism industry.
The partnership, the first of its kind in the county, will see students on 13 different courses at Telford College of Arts and Technology gain a realistic insight into The Buckatree Hall Hotel at the foot of The Wrekin.

Those studying business admin, event management, professional hospitality, and travel and tourism will work with professionals in order to make an informed decision about their future.

Bosses at the hotel will develop an industry traineeship which will involve one week working on reception, in the kitchen, behind the bar, in housekeeping and in the restaurant.

General Manager of the hotel, Wayne Jenson, said: “I didn’t know at 18 that I would be running my own hotel, I started at the bottom, with a variety of roles across the hotel industry, and worked my way up which really is the best experience you can have.

“Whatever you are doing in the industry you need to have a good knowledge of all the departments, when we take on a new Duty Manager it is a requirement of ours that they work in the kitchens, reception and housekeeping.

“There are not many places, if any, that you can get this kind of experience as a student so we jumped at the opportunity to make a difference in our local area.”

Part of the new partnership will see bosses at the hotel go into the college in Wellington to speak to students aged between 16 and 24.

It is also hoped that telecommunication students could create a customer service call back system and media students could film the industry traineeships as part of their college projects.

Sue Hayward is Hospitality and Catering Programme Manager at the college in Wellington and is excited about the opportunity.

She said: “I cannot wait for our students to get involved in the hotel.

“It will be a great opportunity for them. I have students who will be training in front of house and housekeeping, they are waiting in the wings and desperate to start.

“I hope this is a partnership which lasts a long time.”

Shelley Instone, of Reed NCFE at Telford College of Arts and Technology, has worked with the hotel for over a year providing placements and one former student, Jack Shore, has since gained employment there.

She added: “We are so proud that we have been able to launch this partnership.

“It is not like anything we have ever had before and is a great opportunity for so many of our learners, it will benefit people on a huge variety of courses.

“This is a totally different kind of commitment to any way our college and the hotel have worked together before - to cement our working relationship like this with an award winning hotel is a huge coup for both the college and learners.”

Family-run The Buckatree Hall Hotel won the travel, tourism and leisure category at the Shropshire Business Awards 2014 and has reported the best January in recent history with turnover up by 25 per cent.

Mr Jenson added: “It has been a great few years for the hotel since Grant Moon and his family took over.

“Over one million pounds has been invested to benefit our customers and now we want to use what we have here to benefit others too.

“This is just another feather in our cap and it could be the start of a long and thriving partnership.”

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