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From HTP Apprenticeship College

A Taste of Royal Hospitality!

Across the country, including the Island, there is a severe skills shortage in the hospitality industry. HTP Apprenticeship College and The Royal Hotel are working together to raise the awareness of the careers available and to encourage more people to enter this exciting sector.

The Royal Hotel in Ventnor is one of the Island’s finest hotels and are ambassadors for supporting young people through apprenticeships to start careers in Hospitality and Tourism.
HTP Apprenticeship College were delighted to work with The Royal Hotel in Ventnor to help plan and deliver the chance for Isle of Wight school pupils to experience, first hand, what it is like to work in the Hospitality Industry.

The day started with a warm welcome to the hotel where attendees observed the hotel’s daily planning meeting where Heads of Departments share their operational plans for the day. Four interactive sessions then took place where pupils experienced job roles in the kitchen, restaurant, reception, events and housekeeping.

The day has already made an impact with one pupil. Grace Cherrett, a year 11 student at Medina College has said she had “a really good day at The Royal Hotel and it was a perfect opportunity for me to see what happens on the ground in a hotel on a daily basis. I think this was a great experience for anyone who is thinking of going into hospitality and catering.”

Dr Greg Bailey, Director at The Royal Hotel said, “Following the inspiring launch of the Island Careers Partnership we are delighted to take the first step with a taster day organised by HTP Apprenticeship College at The Royal Hotel making the link between school and employer as per the Gatsby Benchmarks to help give young people a vision, ambition and belief in their future career in hospitality on the Island. We are looking to work with other hospitality businesses on the Island to create a more unified approach to supporting young people developing skills they need to go far and succeed in their career on the Island.”

Head of Business Development at HTP Apprenticeship College, Simon Attrill said, “The Hospitality Industry offers enthusiastic young people a great opportunity to embark on a career that is fun, exciting and incredibly rewarding. Being able to offer Island school pupils a real insight into the careers available in the industry is really important to help with employability skills and with their preparation for the world of work.”


For more information on how you can start your dream career call us on 01983 533926 or fill in the enquiry form below!

“The Royal Hotel is a great environment for you to learn, everyone gets on and we call ourselves a family here.


“The hotel’s made me mature definitely.  I’m a much more positive person now and I can tell myself I can do the things I need to get the job done.  I’m much more confident, happier!


“I’d recommend HTP because they’ve helped me and apprenticeships could help a lot of other people that want to reach their goals.”

Emily Hardy

Hospitality Team Member Level 2 Apprentice, The Royal Hotel

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