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Delaware North - Inspire

Over 4,500 hours of work experience given to the future generation of our industry across our sites and from different routes including Epping Forest College, Ark Elvin Academy and Havering, Brunel and Oxford Brookes Universities.

We have received great feedback from students who have participated in work experience around our business which has ranged from 1 week to a full year for some.
Lydia Staniforth has been a HR Intern at our Head Officer joining us in June 2018 she managed to work across our business and has earned her reward by securing a permanent position with us in the Recruitment Team as a Recruitment Assistant.

We asked Lydia for her highlight during her Internship:



"I started my graduate career with Delaware North in July 2018, as an HR Intern based at the head office. The past 5 months has been a wonderful experience in terms of acquiring new skills and knowledge relating to the hospitality industry. One of the most memorable highlights for me, was being involved in an industry-leading Safeguarding Project, for one of our clients, the Emirates Stadium. It was an honour to be part of this ground-breaking venture to ensure all staff at Emirates had a completed background check before the start of the football season in August. It was highly rewarding to assist current and new employees of Delaware North through the background checking process and then meeting the employees at the staffing desk when they arrived at the stadium for the first match of the season.

"Another continuous highlight of my internship is visiting Wembley Stadium, including the tour of the venue during my Delaware North showcase (See photos below). Having attended football matches and concerts at Wembley in the past, it was an honour to get the player’s perspective from walking out of the changing rooms and onto the pitch. I also enjoyed shouting the cliché, but necessary “HELLO WEMBLEY” to an empty stadium and hearing the voices echo through the entire seating area.
The concluding and “fitting”, highlight to my internship was being offered the role of as the Recruitment Assistant at our head office. I am a few weeks into my new job and can already see my skillset and knowledge base developing. I am thoroughly enjoying my new responsibilities and being in direct contact with our newly recruited employees. It is a privilege to assist our candidates through the on-boarding process!"

Delaware North - FutureChef

“Bruce judged the FutureChef Competition 2017/2018 Havering College Local Heat, and spoke to the students in a way that not only inspired them, but resonated with them in their current situation - helping them to visualise what they could achieve in the future. Following the Local Heat, Bruce mentored the winning student Azara 15 years old to prepare and encourage her for the regional final. Azara is taking part in the competition once again this year, having had such a great mentoring experience in 2017/18.

"During Havering College local heat, Bruce met a student Max 15 years old, who was so eager to learn from Bruce that he did a work experience at the London Stadium over the summer break. Both students, Azara and Max wish to be Chefs in the future. Bruce really personifies the work that The Springboard Charity and Delaware North aim to accomplish: Inspiring and nurturing the next generation of young talents.”

Carina Jones – The Springboard Charity’s Youth Programmes Manager

FutureChef Prize

The runner up for FutureChef Competition 2017/2018, Wojtek was joined by 2 of his teachers to attend 2018 Capital FM Summer Ball in the Delaware North Box at Wembley Stadium. Wojtek did a work placement in the VIP area before the concert, shadowing Head of Culinary Harry Lomas. It was a great opportunity for Wojtek to see the back of house area and experience the running of the kitchens and operations during a concert day, which supported his education further.

Wojtek and Harry

“Karen and I just wanted to thank Delaware North team for the welcome and hospitality we received on Saturday. We had an amazing time. Neither of us had been at such an event before and thought it was magical – even although we were not very familiar with the acts or the music! The atmosphere was incredible. Everyone we met was so friendly, helpful and the food was delicious. I think we were probably quite greedy, as we had to have a bit of everything! We will all remember this weekend for a long time.” Sheila, Wojtek’s teacher

Summer Ball 2018 Wojtek and his teachers

FutureChef Competition 2018/2019

A number of our chefs are booked to judge and mentor during the FutureChef competition next year, we look forward to hearing success stories from Gary Foakes, Ellias Carr and Harry Lomas.

Delaware North - Awards for Excellence

Delaware North was shortlisted for The Retention Award, and highly commended for Group Ambassador at this year's Springboard Awards for Excellence!

The judges said, “Delaware North brings a different perspective to the Group Ambassador Award, people across the breadth of the organisation actively involved from Senior Management to Front of House staff and the inclusion of back office roles adds a further level of impact. The Group's involvement with Springboard’s activities is very strong and the number of ambassadors continues to grow. The ambassadors should be very proud of what they have achieved and continue to drive the great work they are doing.”
Delaware North won the Best Regional Initiative Award.

The judges felt that Delaware North got to grips with the local employment market, understood the demographics and more importantly did all they could to recruit NEETs, one judge said the organisation “Just went hard-core” and achieved amazing results.