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Milton Keynes College students kick-off Holiday Inn takeover

Mon 26 Feb 2018 - posted by MK College

Starting from today, 45 students from the College will spend a week running Holiday Inn Milton Keynes East as part of a global hospitality training programme.

The students will run a range of aspects across the hotel – from checking in guests at reception, to serving food and beverages, even running the housekeeping and room service. The programme is part of InterContinental Hotel Group’s National Hotel Takeover, in partnership with People 1st.

The students are being shadowed by hotel team members and have the opportunity to gain practical experience of running a busy, fully functioning hotel, to complement their classroom based training. 

During the week, the students will be looking after the conference delegates at the hotel, alongside serving over 50 breakfast covers and up to 40 Restaurant covers in the evening. The students have also been instrumental in organising their own charity fundraiser, for our chosen charity Greenfingers. They have planned every detail of the fundraiser themselves including - designing the menu, venue styling, staff rotas, ticket sales and entertainment, which is provided by the performing arts department at Milton Keynes College. See here for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hotel-takeover-gala-dinner-registration-42705359881

The initiative is part of IHG Academy. Through IHG Academy, IHG hotels (with brands including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express) collaborate with educational providers and community groups to help local people build their hospitality skills and improve their employability. Since 2013, more than 47,000 people have benefitted from the IHG Academy across 2,133 programmes in 79 countries.

Holiday Inn Milton Keynes East is among over 30 IHG hotels across the UK to participate in the hotel takeover, aimed at encouraging more people to choose careers in hospitality.

Kenny Bruce, General Manager of Holiday Inn Milton Keynes East, said: “We’re really delighted to be participating in the hotel takeover. This is the 18th year this initiative has been running and it’s proven to be a hugely successful recruitment tool. Some of our best team members, even a former General Manager, participated in the takeover as students and we look forward to giving the class of 2018 valuable on the job training and experience.”