14th January 2016

Doncaster College, Holiday Inn Express Doncaster and The Omni Group- Omni Facilities Management have started a partnership enabling BTEC Hospitality students to gain work experience in a fully commercial hotel as part of their studies.

To launch the partnership, students were welcomed by the hotel and housekeeping team for an initial induction day with a packed agenda.

As well as covering Health & Safety, hands-on cleaning and bed making activities, the students also enjoyed a question and answer session with Joanne Cutt, General Manager of Holiday Inn Express Doncaster, and her team.

Karen van den Burg and Christoph Hoffmann delivered the training on behalf of The Omni Group - Omni Facilities Management. They said: "We are delighted to work with a group of engaged students who show a real willingness to learn and to experience the work housekeeping operations perform on a daily basis."

Joanne Cutt, General Manager of Holiday Inn Express Doncaster, said: "It was an absolute pleasure hosting the students for their induction day, and we look forward to seeing them again over the course of their work experience. I'm exceptionally proud of our housekeeping team and know they'll teach the students a great deal."

The housekeeping work experience programme, coordinated by Jacqueline Hardy of Doncaster College alongside Christoph Hoffman, will take place in three five-week blocks, with students working in the housekeeping operation alongside experienced team members. The delivery combines classroom sessions at the college as well as hands-on work experience aiming to enable learners to gain knowledge and skills relevant to industry.

Student Carrie Dook summed up the day, saying: "It was a great experience, teaching good life skills, and a breath of fresh air. The staff were lovely. I was sceptical about housekeeping but I am really looking forward to starting and learning new skills!"