Lindley Venue Catering has revealed plans to launch a reciprocal education and training programme with its operation at the Galpharm Stadium and Kirklees College in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
The scheme will give students in Kirklees College's catering, travel and tourism departments the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working as part of the Lindley Venue Catering team in match-day, conference, banqueting and event hospitality environments at the stadium, through work-experience placements as well as paid temporary employment.
Lindley will also provide selected students with a personal development training programme, leading, on completion of their studies, to potential offers of full-time permanent positions within the Lindley Group's UK-wide operation.
Meanwhile, Kirklees College will give Lindley employees working at the stadium the chance to study for formal qualifications. The college will also work with the Lindley Group to develop apprenticeship schemes.
Adam Elliott, Lindley Group chief executive, said: "Well-trained, enthusiastic and committed staff is the success by which the hospitality industry is measured and this reciprocal arrangement provides a perfect foundation for developing the industry's future talent.
"As well as providing students with an opportunity to gain practical experience and try their hand at a variety of jobs within the different aspects of an hospitality environment at a very early stage in their careers, it also gives our employees the chance to gain formal academic qualifications enabling them to fast-track their career prospects.
"And, from a commercial perspective, it provides Lindley Venue Catering and the Galpharm Stadium with a team of well-trained, regular, temporary staff while providing students with an extra source of income."
Peter McCann, Kirklees College's principal, added: "The facilities and sheer variety of events staged at the Galpharm Stadium provide tremendous scope for our students to get a working knowledge of the myriad of different operational aspects within the hospitality business, from running match-day catering services on the public concourse to fine dining in the hospitality suites, and from high-volume events such as pop concerts to intimate celebrations such as weddings/wedding receptions."
Lindley won the five-year, £10.3m contract to manage all aspects of the match-day and non-match-day catering services at the 51-acre Galpharm Stadium complex in July last year. A key part of the caterer's remit is to take a leading role in promoting and expanding usage of the multi-function Huddersfield site, which was established in 1991.
Pictured: James Birch, bar manager and Adam Wood, commis chef, Lindley Venue Catering at Galpharm Stadium
By Janie Manzoori-Stamford
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