Careers Conference at Alexander’s

Published 21 November

Catering & Hospitality


Alexander’s hosted a Careers Conference for the Catering and Hospitality Industry aimed at schools’ careers advisors and food technology teachers. The conference was organised by Craven College and included speakers from Northcote, Keelham Farm Shop, Individual Inns and Springboard UK as well as from the College itself.

The aim of the conference was to send a positive message to school pupils about the huge and varied amount of opportunities that exist in the catering and hospitality industry, whilst addressing the issue of the difficulty of recruitment in this often overlooked industry.

Chris Convery, HR Manager at Northcote was keen to change the perception of hospitality careers. He said ‘Working in the hospitality industry is often not seen as a profession in this country, unlike other countries.’ He went on to cite the example of Lisa Allen, their 2* Michelin chef who had only enjoyed art and cookery at school but now manages a team of 30 chefs. As part of the worldwide Relais & Chateaux group, opportunities are available with Northcote globally.

Gillian Wilman, HR manager, Individual Inns outlined opportunities for apprentices on their flexible training programme whilst Jessica Wright, Managing Director, Alexander’s, is on a mission to make Skipton a vibrant place for those aged between 18 and 30. As well as learning their trade, be it events, cocktail design, service, food preparation, Alexander’s staff learn transferable skills and develop confidence through going out into the community and demonstrating their new talents at events.

Stuart Cove, General Manager, Keelham Farm Shop stressed the importance of the can-do attitude they look for in all employees. Keelham emphasises the importance of apprenticeships as a way of developing skills and look to promote home-grown staff whilst giving them the chance of sampling different departments for their own development.

Will Jacques, Professional Cookery Instructor, Craven College, said, ‘The feedback from schools about this conference has been excellent. It was so good to present a joined up picture from education and industry to those who are able to go back to the classroom and share current information with their pupils about all the wonderful opportunities, not just in this country but around the world, that catering and hospitality offers.’

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