Newcastle College students took over a city centre hotel as they were given exclusive access for an entire day.
The Copthorne Hotel Newcastle, welcomed 24 students for the annual takeover event in March, allowing them to assume key roles in the running of the venue.
Learners from hospitality and tourism, as well as hair and beauty, were handed the reins in areas such as front-of-house, housekeeping and finance, giving them a unique insight into the day-to-day running of a busy hotel.
Food and beverage students prepared an afternoon tea for invited industry partners from across the region, including Hays Travel, LNER and Café 21. This was followed by a three course evening meal for College faculty.
Craig Cowan, Head of Hospitality and Tourism at Newcastle College said: “Employer partnerships and equipping students with essential skills and experiences in real working environments are at the centre of everything Newcastle College does.
“We’re fortunate to have a fantastic relationship with the Copthorne which has allowed our students to gain first-hand experience in a busy hotel environment for the past six years. I can’t thank the Copthorne team enough for their continued support.”
One student involved in this year’s event was Daisy Ainsworth, a Contemporary Hospitality student who was placed in the hotel kitchen’s to help prepare the evening meal, under the guidance of hotel chefs.
Daisy said: “I think the takeover is a great idea because it gives us the chance to put what we have learned into practice and show off our skills.
“I’ve already completed a placement with the hotel and it’s a great environment to work in, the management is great and they do so much with the students at the College.
“I think I got a lot out of the day, I really enjoyed it.”