Sheffield pupils get taste of working life in hotels

Phoebe Armstong may not be sure what she has tasted but she is sure she doesn't like it as Silverdale School Year 9 pupils take part in the blind taste test during the Hospitality Sheffield Spring Forward event which gives young people an introduction into the hospitality industry.
Phoebe Armstong may not be sure what she has tasted but she is sure she doesn't like it as Silverdale School Year 9 pupils take part in the blind taste test during the Hospitality Sheffield Spring Forward event which gives young people an introduction into the hospitality industry.
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BUDDING hospitality workers were given a hands-on taste of the industry at a careers’ event.

Sheffield school pupils tried their hands at table service, making beds and tested their culinary skills in the second annual Spring Forward day.

Around 70 teenagers found out what it takes to get into the city’s highly regarded hospitality industry in the event, which encourages pupils to consider it as a career choice.

They enjoyed interactive sessions hosted by city hotels Holiday Inn Royal Victoria, Mercure St Pauls, Jurys Inn, and the Hilton.

Organiser Jon Broadhurst, head of catering at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “We’re delighted once again to see young people getting a proper, hands-on insight into the workings of a busy hotel or kitchen operation.

“This is the best way to animate the experience of working in hospitality and it also means we can provide pupils with a career road-map – if someone wants to be a head chef, we can tell them exactly how to get there.

“That’s really inspiring for kids.”

The event also aims to tackle a problem faced by Sheffield hotels, which are recruiting from outside the city as they struggle to find staff locally.

Hospitality Sheffield said recruiting that way costs more and means young people may miss out on opportunities.

A further Spring Forward may take place in the autumn.

Silverdale School headteacher Jane Storey said: “Spring Forward has really given the students an insight into the variety of careers available in the hospitality industry as well as widening their horizons.

“Our children taking part are winners of heats of an international Master Chef competition at school, so they already have an interest in the industry – and this gives them some idea of possibilities for the future beyond jobs they might have serving in restaurants or working in bars.”