Pembrokeshire College is working alongside local hospitality businesses in a bid to attract more older people into this exciting and dynamic industry.
With flexible shift patterns, and a huge variety of roles available, the opportunities are vast for older workers who fancy a career change, are looking to boost their income or who have taken early retirement but are looking for something social and active. The industry is seeking ‘Experience Makers’ who will add value to their business through their maturity and the life experiences they have gained.
Funded via the Community Renewal Fund, the College is able to provide funded training opportunities for the tourism sector and is hosting an event on Tuesday 26 April from 3pm-5.30pm at Pembrokeshire College. Anyone interested in finding out more can come along to speak with some of the best hoteliers in Pembrokeshire; St Brides Hotel, Wolfscastle Hotel, Tŷ Hotel, Penally Abbey, The Grove and the Retreats Group. Each hotelier will give a short pitch on what they have to offer as an employer before offering informal interviews to undertake three days paid work placements that could lead to flexible employment.
Tony, 61, Bartender
Originally from Pembrokeshire, Tony was a former electrician working in London before joining the uniformed services for twenty years. “I have always been public facing so I felt hospitality would be a perfect fit. I want to remain active and face new challenges; the great thing about working in a hotel is also the social element – I am not ready to hit the couch yet!”
Mandy, 54, Restaurant Hostess
Former flight attendant and property-letting consultant. “The role is flexible, I only work 15 hours a week, and I love it. At first, I was a little hesitant moving into hospitality, I thought the industry would be too young for me. I was pleasantly surprised, there is a great balance of age groups at Tŷ Hotel, and we are all learning from each other.”