The summer holidays are a great time for our students to recuperate after the academic year. However they are also a fantastic opportunity, particularly for first year students, to build up some experience and prepare themselves for their upcoming second year and beyond. Four of our students decided to grab the opportunity with both hands, and they signed up for the KickStart Programme run by the Springboard UK charity. Springboard’s KickStart programmes are open to school and college leavers (16+) who are undecided on their career plans and is designed to help them in their career decision making, which is particularly helpful at a time when gaining a foothold on the career ladder is particularly difficult for young people. KickStart (previously known as Summer School) has a proven track record in providing a structured transition from full time education into employment, apprenticeships and further or higher education within the field of hospitality, leisure or tourism.
The programme allows businesses an opportunity to see, first hand, the talent that is out there as well as providing a platform for students to gain real insight into the wealth of opportunities they have on offer.
The 3 week model over the summer months provides an excellent transition into the world of work through:
Interviews – directly with the business
Pre-placement training including information, advice and guidance, work tasters and recognised certified short courses
Two week work placement which follows the quality standard INSPIRE
Mentoring support from the Springboard regional team – throughout the programme
Arabella Petts, Dominique Djedje, Bethany Wilcox and Dorrottya Aszollosy all thoroughly enjoyed their experience. Arabella completed her two week work experience at Resorts World, whilst Bethany worked at Ed's Easy Diner and Dominique at Hilton. Dorrottya spent her two weeks at Brewers Fayre, and has told us all about her journey through the programme:
The program was great! I have learned a lot throughout the three weeks, especially on the first training week. It has been a pleasure to experience what it's like to work in a restaurant and bar. I had the opportunity to try out different roles within the business; I have been serving food and drinks, cleaning tables and I also helped out in the bar and the kitchen. The program not only helped me to gain confidence but it also encouraged me to find myself and to get an idea of what I would like to do in the future. I'm glad I took this great opportunity and did something useful with my time during the holidays.
You can see how much the students really enjoyed their experiences here: