We took our first Step into Hospitality, in December.

…Everyone liked it so much we will be taking a second Step into Hospitality course in January 2017!

Red Potato were commissioned to design and deliver the course.  Following the course one of the delegates said “I have enjoyed this course, it opened my eyes to a lot of things I wasn’t aware off”.  – Which was great because that was the aim!

The aim of the course was to enable people to see the range of careers available in hospitality.   And that those careers are accessible for carers, lone parents or those without formal qualifications.  Prior to this course, many people said that they simply didn’t think hospitality could offer them a fulfilling career. We are particularly grateful to our guest speakers from Oaklands College and Hospitality Jobs UK who were able to dispel that myth and inspire the delegates about careers in the industry.

One of the most powerful comments was the delegate who said

“the course made me realise that I can do much more than settling for a low paid job as a cleaner”.

So what were the origins of the course? Well it came from some frank discussions with staff at Circle Housing and the Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust.   During those discussions it emerged that even though there were lots of opportunities nearby, many local people were simply not benefiting.   So we worked together with to develop a course that would allow people to do three things:

  1. Gain a practical qualification in food safety
  2. Acquire the skills and knowledge to access jobs in hospitality
  3. Be Inspired!

After Christmas, we will be contacting everyone to see how they have used the knowledge, qualification and inspiration to acquire a job.  Keep reading the blog for future updates!