Students Takeover Two Intercontinental Hotel Group Hotels In Global Hospitality Training Programme
Newham College students are spending three days managing Holiday Inn Express London – Park Royal and five days managing Crowne Plaza City branch, as part of InterContinental Hotel Group’s (IHG’s) National Hotel Takeover in partnership with People 1st.
This programme is designed to encourage more young people to work in the hospitality industry.
The students will run a range of aspects across the hotels – from checking in guests at the receptions, to serving food and beverages, even running the housekeeping and room service.
They are all being shadowed by hotel team members and have the opportunity to gain practical experience of running fully functioning, busy hotels, to complement their classroom-based training.
The initiative is part of IHG® Academy. Through IHG Academy, IHG hotels (with brands including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express) collaborate with educational providers and community groups to help local people build their hospitality skills and improve their employability. Since 2013, more than 47,000 people have benefitted from the IHG Academy across 2,133 programmes in 79 countries.
Damien Le-Hoste, General Manager of Holiday Inn Express London – Park Royal said: “We’re really delighted to be participating in the hotel takeover and have every faith the students of Newham College will do a great job.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to share our decades of hospitality experience with the hoteliers of the future. I’m sure it will be a very rewarding experience for everyone involved.”