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Year 5 pupils at a number of Winsford primary schools have been given an insight into what it would be like to work in the hotel industry.
The children from Darnhall Primary School, Over Hall Community School and Winsford High Street Community Primary School were among 117 youngsters who visited the Park Royal Hotel in Warrington to see for themselves the range of jobs on offer.
The visit was run as part of the Raising Aspirations Project, which aims to instil career ambitions in youngsters in Winsford by introducing them to real life workplaces.
Jess Andrews, class teacher at Winsford High Street Primary School, commented: “My class have returned to school after their visit to the Park Royal Hotel and Spa and what an amazing and informative visit!
“The children really enjoyed the tour around all aspects of the hotel and we now have lots of children wanting careers in hospitality.”
The children were given a tour of the hotel and learned about the many jobs carried out in sector. They also learned about shift work patterns and apprenticeship opportunities.
Rebecca Malone, whose son took part in the visit, said: “As a parent, it is such a great idea learning about different careers at this age. I certainly wish that I had been given these opportunities whilst at primary school.
“My son found the visit very interesting and it has encouraged him to think about all the possible jobs and opportunities which he might enjoy in the future.”
Emma Briggs, whose daughter participated in the trip, said: “As a parent of a Year 5 child, I feel it is a great idea for children to learn about the different careers and apprenticeships which companies offer.
“My daughter found the visit to Park Royal Hotel very interesting and it has encouraged her to think about what she would like to do when older.”
Hester Pownall, HR manger at Park Royal Hotel, added: “It was great to have so many enthusiastic children attending the four school visits.
“They were all so well behaved and genuinely keen to learn about the variety of roles involved in the daily operation of the hotel and leisure club.
“It was lovely to see the passion and interest coming across from such a young age and they had lots of questions and were very excited about all the different career possibilities for the future.
“We hope to see many of them once they turn 16 to join us for part time jobs and apprenticeship programmes.”
The Raising Aspirations Project is part of the Winsford Wholeplace scheme and involves teachers introducing their pupils to different careers with activities in the classroom.
Their knowledge and understanding is given more meaning with a follow up visit to a real life workplace.
Cllr Nicole Meardon, Cheshire West and Chester council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Visiting the real workplaces puts the classroom learning into context and makes it come alive.
“The project aims to inspire the pupils to start thinking about their future career and begin planning for it.
“The visit to the Park Royal Hotel inspired the pupils to consider working in the hotel industry when they are older after they were taken behind the scenes. They learned how the different jobs work.”
The council added that the project will become even more beneficial if other industries or colleges offer their support by introducing children to the world of further education and employment.
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