Sponsored by Dragon LNG, and thanks to the College’s Employment Bureau, learners studying Catering, Hospitality, Complementary Therapy and related courses at Pembrokeshire College were able to meet with representatives from local employers over lunch in the College’s student-run restaurant.
Employers including Dragon LNG, Bluestone, The Retreats Group, Costa Coffee, The Grove, St Brides Spa and Trefloyne Manor attended the event to help learners to find out about the employment opportunities available locally with a particular focus on hospitality and spa opportunities.
Karen Wood, Stakeholder and Communications Manager at Dragon LNG commented: “When you develop an idea into an initiative, you are unsure whether it will work and prove successful. Through the College’s planning and execution, each event has provided impact on so many levels. Many thanks to everyone at the College, in particular the College’s Employment Bureau team for the co-ordination and the catering department and students for the amazing lunches”.
Almost 50 learners attended the lunch which gave them the chance to ask questions, find out more about each of the employers and hand in their CVs in an informal setting.
Following the event, learner comments included, ‘Great experience, I learnt a lot of things’, ‘Very helpful and informative. I have learned a lot about businesses and interview tips’, ‘It helped me to think about what I want to do for the future and also ideas for summer jobs.’ Employers added; ‘A very engaging event. Lots of interest from the students with a very keen interest in their future plans’, ‘Everything flowed’ and ‘It has been most helpful with recruiting a therapist.’
Dr Barry Walters, Principal at Pembrokeshire College commented:
“We are very grateful to Dragon LNG for their ongoing support in relation to sponsoring these employer lunches. We also greatly appreciate the many employers who have attended and briefed our learners on what it is like to work in their businesses. Learners benefit so much from this interaction and as a consequence, many state they have had their eyes opened to the world of work.“
The event was organised by the College’s Employment Bureau, a learner recruitment service, which is part funded by Welsh Government. The Employment Bureau team help College learners with CV writing, interview skills, finding work experience placements and job searching and also offer a free recruitment service for employers who are looking to promote their vacancies to learners.