Mid Wales pupils enjoyed a taste of running an hotel when they visited the family-run, four-star Metropole hotel and spa in Llandrindod Wells.
Twelve year 11 and sixth form pupils from Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells high schools, who are studying hospitality, enjoyed a first-hand experience of the complexities of running a large establishment with two restaurants, function and conference suites, a spa, a busy bar and 110 bedrooms.
Justin Baird-Murray, MD of the Metropole, says.
“The pupils enjoyed their visit as it gave them an insight into running a large hotel. In a place like the Metropole we have numerous elements to maintain simultaneously – we could have a wedding taking place at the hotel, and have a bar full of people enjoying food and drink. This means that everything has to be co–ordinated meticulously, and all the staff have to learn to cater for the disparate needs of a wide range of guests who are visiting at the same time.”
“It’s important for those viewing a career in the hospitality industry to have a flavour of what this kind of work will entail. It is demanding, of course, but it is also varied and rewarding.”
Pupils and teachers alike found the visit beneficial.
“Learning about the history of The Metropole and the way it works was very interesting. It has given me a positive insight into the hospitality industry, and I most definitely hope to go back soon, whether it be educational or personal,” says Amy Jo Titley, who is a sixth form student at Builth Wells High School.
Her views were echoed by Penny Hourahane, BTEC Hospitality and Catering teacher at Builth Wells High School.
“If you are teaching hospitality and catering or just interested in the hospitality industry I recommend a tour of the Metropole with Justin Baird-Murray. He puts you at your ease and confidently explains the history, development and running of the hotel. Justin covers everything in an interesting and informative way, keeping students engaged throughout and answering questions honestly. Justin’s presentation shows a passion for the hotel that can only come from someone running the family business,” she says.
The visit was a joint co-ooperation between The Metropole and CareersWales, and was the third school visit to be organised at the hotel.
Picture shows Justin Baird-Murray, MD of The Metropole, with hospitality students from Llandridnod Wells and Builth Wells high school at their recent visit to the hotel.
source: Nerys Lloyd-Pierce