On Wednesday 12th July 2017, Springboard along with 15 students from The Cardinal Pole Catholic School attended a taster day hosted by Radisson Blu Portman Hotel.
At the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, you will enjoy an inviting ambiance and convenient location right in the heart of London. Situated in the bustling Marylebone neighbourhood, this stylish hotel is within minutes of key attractions such as Selfridges, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Buckingham Palace and the West End theatres. The hotel is also a short walk from the Marble Arch Underground station which makes it easy to travel around the city.
On arrival, students were welcomed by Nikki Adolphus, Human Resources Manager, and taken to the conference room for refreshments and to start the taster day activities.
The first part of the taster was a quick, brief presentation about Springboard and Radisson and allowed the students to have a Q&A session on. The students were asked to name as many areas of the hotel as possible and Nikki would then speak about the different role available. At the end of this presentation, the General Manager, Matthew Beard, spoke to the students about his career journey and success to becoming the General Manager of the hotel.
Before the activities started, the students were put into groups and each were taken to different parts of the hotel.
My group’s first activity involved housekeeping. The students were given a tea/coffee set up and were asked to prepare it for a bedroom. Each group would be rated on their final outcome. Following this, the students were asked work in a team to make a bed.
This task was a great insight for the students to understand the attention to detail housekeepers need to have on a daily basis.
Other activities include setting up a table for 12 people for a pretend dinner party. This was with the support and help of Ibrahim, Food & Beverage Manager. The students were shown how to prepare 3 sets, and then asked to complete the rest. The table needed to include all cutlery (for starter, main and dessert), bread plate, napkin, 3 glasses for wine / water and tea/coffee set up. The students had a time set to complete this task.
The students were then invited to have a short tour of the hotel and to see the different room types and were shown a standard room, a junior suite and a 1 bedroom penthouse suite.
The final activity allowed students to relax in the lobby and make their own apple cocktails in the Radisson Collage Bar.
The students seemed to pick this up pretty quickly and started making cocktails for each other.
The students were thanked for their good behaviour and respect for the staff and guests of the hotel.
This was truly a great taster day.
Thank you to the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel for their hospitality!
By Ryan Summerson