The Headland Hotel and Spa in Newquay is joining forces with Truro and Penwith College to raise awareness of new apprenticeship jobs that will provide anyone over the age of 16 a chance to start a career in the Cornish hospitality sector.

The hotel and college are jointly organising a Terrace Takeover, an event which will see the Headland’s current apprentices design a special menu which will be served in the hotel’s Terrace Restaurant on February 6. This will run alongside an open evening where interested learners and parents can meet members of the college’s apprenticeship team, hotel management and current apprentices who will share their experiences and discuss the varied range of careers available.

Michelle Brown, the Headland’s HR learning and development manager, said: “When you think of hospitality, many people think of long hours and low skilled workers, but they’d be wrong. Yes, like many industries it’s challenging work, but fun and for the motivated and passionate individuals there are amazing opportunities to progress."

"At The Headland we believe it’s time to stand up and positively promote the career opportunities that exist within hospitality. There are so many distinct roles, from those that our guest see on a daily basis such as reception, housekeeping and concierge to those we may not consider such as guest relations, events, finance and sales and marketing. Some roles require qualifications and others simply require you to have the right attitude and we can teach you the rest.

"Our very own managing director Darryl Reburn began his journey at the age of 17 in hospitality and has never looked back.”

The ground-breaking partnership with Truro & Penwith College hopes to engage the local community and future workforce. It aims to promote the message that you don’t have to leave Cornwall to build a great career and that the degree route isn’t the only option to great success and high earnings.

Applications will be accepted throughout the event and those attending will have the opportunity to learn more about apprenticeships. Qualifications such as maths and English GCSE’s can be achieved alongside apprenticeship training and Government reforms in 2017 mean the route is now open to those with a university level qualification, making them a great option to start a new career, earn money and study for nationally recognised qualifications.

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