Today was a very well organised and informative. The staff and students will definitely
take a lot home from the day. Thank you!
Business Studies GCSE teacher, London
WHO WE ARE
My Hospitality Life is an exciting careers programme developed to support young people’s understanding of the hospitality industry. Students taking part benefit from a range of dynamic activities that better their awareness of the industry; helping them to explore why this is an exciting career, understand the job roles and opportunities, the education routes and they may also even gain contacts from higher education or industry. Teaching and career staff can access our bespoke CPD events as of March 2019 (please visit the CPD page for more information).
Over 9000 students supported via direct interactions
Over 200 hands on activities delivered across on project year
Over 25000 people supported via conferences and career fairs
Delivered in your classroom as either a one off activity or part of a careers day; our scenarios offer students exciting hands on activities rooted in real world experiences and that link to curriculum (supporting Gatsby Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers).
The career talks discuss with students the many business related roles available. Students will learn about salaries, career prospects, job titles, education routes and more! A short interesting facts quiz at the end adds an interactive element. For sessions over 30 mins the Hotel Revenue Management activity is added to increase the interactivity.
STUDENT NUMBERS: Any size
STUDENT YEARS: 7+
The project can support school career fairs by hosting an 'Information, Advice and Guidance' stand on the hospitality industry. The stand will provide information on many exciting roles available, from event planning and hotel management to marketing and design! Education routes and expected salaries will also be made available to students visiting the stands.
DURATION: Not applicable
STUDENT NUMBERS: Any size
STUDENT YEARS: 7+
The project can help arrange a visit to Wivenhoe House Hotel, a 4* country house hotel located on the University of Essex campus. With sponsored bedrooms from hospitality leaders such as Hilton and Milsoms, the hotel is a great place to inspire students to consider the many roles available within the industry.
STUDENT NUMBERS: Max 20 students
STUDENT YEARS: 7+
HIGHER EDUCATION INSIGHTS
Through the project's connection to the Edge Hotel School we have a great source of higher education support. There is a lecturer series which covers topics like: 'Menu Engineering', 'Event Management Styles in Hospitality', 'How to Measure Teamwork & Team Roles', 'Innovation and the Future of Hospitality Management' and even 'How to be a Millionaire'! These are primarily delivered on site at Edge Hotel School, University of Essex, Colchester, but for schools in the area there may be possibility to deliver at your facility.
DURATION: 1 hour
STUDENT NUMBERS: Max 30 students
STUDENT YEARS: 11+
What year groups can take part?
This project is aimed at secondary schools upwards. Please read the information per offer for advice on appropriate year groups.
How many students can take part?
The activities can accommodate a small group to a whole year group. Please read the information per offer for advice on group sizes.
What locations are covered?
We endeavour to support wherever possible. We are based in Essex but have worked in Norfolk, Kent, London, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and other surrounding counties. We may also be able to support further away; please do get in touch to discuss further.
What are the costs for school support?
No costs are involved for us to visit your school. If visiting the University of Essex campus for our full school day activity then you will need to cover transport and food for students.
What dates are available for school support?
We operate with a very small team so dates are given to schools on a first come first serve basis. It is advised to get in touch as soon as possible to discuss dates with our team. Please note we are also available to run our offers during school holidays or weekends.
Is this for students interested in chef careers?
While the chef side is a massive part of the industry, this project is focused on the business operations side and cannot support any requests for chefs/catering activities. Please be advised there are other providers who do offer this type of outreach.
What subjects match the activities?
Often hospitality employers are happy for prospective employees to have come from a range of education backgrounds so there is no necessary subjects. However, students studying the following GCSE/A Levels/BTECs may be particularly interested; Business Studies, Marketing, Economics, Food Technology, Art & Design, Languages, English Language, Hospitality or Travel and Tourism.
What are the costs for Teacher CPD?
School are expected to cover travel but there are no ticket fees and additionally lunch will be provided. Attendees will also be given access to our range of learning materials free of charge.
What dates are available for CPD?
These dates will run across the year so please check out the teacher CPD page for more details.
Do you cover apprenticeships?
The project always informs students of the many different routes into the industry, which includes comments on apprenticeships being available, however the project is not connected to any apprenticeship schemes and cannot offer any detailed information on this pathway.
Do you cover degrees?
Yes, My Hospitality Life is an initiative by the Edge Hotel School (University of Essex) so can offer detailed information the university courses offered by the Edge Hotel School or alternatively link your school to the university for more information.
How do I book?
For school support please email or call us directly (information available via the contact tab)
For CPD events please use our CPD page for details.