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Delaware North - Uni of Herts Fair


Part of my role within the recruitment team and now as a Springboard Ambassador is to go to job fairs, which is something I really value. These provide the opportunity to not only spread to the word and get the Delaware North brand out there but also to engage with students, job seekers and professionals to encourage them to get into hospitality and consider the industry as a career option. I think many people often see Hospitality as a ‘stop gap’ for part-time work or until they get a role somewhere else, whereas, in truth the hospitality industry offer you a long and full-filled career across multiple divisions. This is something I am really passionate about and therefore really enjoy talking to people about. When talking to individuals at job fairs and when they ask me about my background, I think this provides them with a real eye opener in terms of the options in hospitality and it isn’t always the obvious roles that you would typically expect. Hospitality can really give you a unique career and this is something I really like to get across to individuals I met with at job fairs.

Bruce Deacon

"The day at the recruitment fair at Hertfordshire University with Lily was a great day as we spoke to so many students and signed up over 100 on the day to join us at Delaware North.

Lily and I both said at the time that was a successful day and it was also great to meet people at the University who already work for Delaware North and very positive of their experience with us!"

Rebeca Stotz Lamata

"Since I joined as an ambassador in September I only had the opportunity to get officially involved in one event which was today at Waltham Forest College. However, I also got involved in the presentation and tray carrying race we held at London Stadium for Epping Forest College. That was a great taster into what being an Ambassador for Springboard means.

I found today’s experience really rewarding and pleasant. Especially the feeling after the presentation when the students came up to us asking for opportunities within Delaware North. They seemed inspired by our stories. It is a great opportunity to motivate young people and help them to find a way in their journey of life through our passion, the hospitality and events industry.

I also enjoyed to get together with my work colleagues from London Stadium and other venues. It is great to be able to work alongside different people for a couple of days and go on a journey together. It made me feel part of a bigger team."

Ellie Vincent

"In support of National Waiters Day with Springboard, I helped to organise a week’s worth of events across Delaware North to inspire students and involve our teams across our venues. One of the most memorable sessions of the week was at a local secondary school, where 4 of us visited and delivered to 60 students an insight into Hospitality industry. These are students who are new to the country, new to English and who are unaware of potential careers, particularly those they may be able to access at college which are less academic and more practical. Following a presentation we held a Waiters Race for them – competing in teams against the other class. They all got involved and loved the interaction!

I assisted at a High School mock interview day – which was very enlightening for myself and I also felt I could offer guidance and support to the students who I interviewed. It gave me a different perspective on hiring school age students (where we hire 17+) and different questions rather than a focus on previous experience. Students (hopefully) benefitted from some professional CV advice, and some asked for guidance on various careers and options when leaving school.

Finally, I also visited a number of careers fairs for school age pupils, mostly 15+ who were looking for information around college and a level options. The students are always keen to learn and hear about different options and often I was one of very few employers and surrounded by university and college schools. I feel it is important for those students who did not see themselves as academic to see that there are other options out there if university isn’t for them."

Ellias Carr

"This has been a very exciting year in my ambassador duties. I have met so many different people along the way. Bellevue school was one of the toughest tasks I had this year. The school wanted me to take a class of 15 students who all have learning difficulties and teach them to make homemade chickpea and coriander burgers. I was so nervous going into the school because I did not know what to expect but came out so proud of all the students who took part. Every student took part and I even had a secret competition for the students to win two VIP match and hospitality tickets to the best made burger.

"In June I was asked to visit Cannons high school to help give mock interviews to the year 11’s to help prepare them with a job interview. This was a good learning curve for me as I have never interviewed anyone before. I was so surprised with how well all the students conducted themselves during the interview process. I enjoyed it so much, the school have asked me to come back next year and I have agreed.

"This is just two examples of how much I enjoy being a springboard ambassador. I get to meet so many different and exiting people along the way and just enjoy giving back a chance to students who deserve a bit of luck. I am really looking forward to what 2019 will bring for me as a springboard ambassador and cannot wait to be a judge for future chef in January and mentor the winner.

"Part of my role within the recruitment team and now as a Springboard Ambassador is to go to job fairs, which is something I really value. These provide the opportunity to not only spread to the word and get the Delaware North brand out there but also to engage with students, job seekers and professionals to encourage them to get into hospitality and consider the industry as a career option. I think many people often see Hospitality as a ‘stop gap’ for part-time work or until they get a role somewhere else, whereas, in truth the hospitality industry offer you a long and full-filled career across multiple divisions. This is something I am really passionate about and therefore really enjoy talking to people about. When talking to individuals at job fairs and when they ask me about my background, I think this provides them with a real eye opener in terms of the options in hospitality and it isn’t always the obvious roles that you would typically expect. Hospitality can really give you a unique career and this is something I really like to get across to individuals I met with at job fairs."