Students get taste of tourism trade at Petroc College

YEAR 9 employability students from the Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis recently attended a hospitality and tourism take over day at Petroc College, in north Devon.

On arrival, students with representatives from the Springboard Charity, who hosted the event, along with industry specialists, student ambassadors and staff from the college.

The first workshop of the day included a tour of the health and beauty spa, and students were given information on health industry courses available at Petroc College.

They were then put into groups with a nearly-qualified beautician and shown how to give a hand and lower arm massage, and were treated to a full head massage.

Next on the agenda was a non-alcoholic cocktail making workshop. The teacher, who led the session, talked to the students about all aspects of bar work, including barista and sommelier. Students, were then invited behind the bar to make mocktails.

Kentisbury Grange Hotel gave a presentation and led the students through activities based on the hospitality trade, including making a bed.

Other sessions included a butchery workshop led by a butcher with more than 30 years experience, and a fishmongery workshop.

The final session of the day was a sensory food testing workshop, in which students were asked to taste food while smelling other ingredients.

Students and staff were then each given a goody bag containing information from the day, a leek, a potato and an onion so they could make their own leek and potato soup at home.

Teacher Mrs Neave commented: “It was a very informative day with the favourite session being the ‘mocktail’ making.”

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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