The future generations of Ashdown Park

I have been asked to write a blog on behalf of the Personnel Department at Ashdown Park Hotel. After giving the subject some thought, I decided to focus on how Elite Hotels help the future working generation and the development opportunities offered within Elite Hotels and Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club.

We currently have First year, Second year and Third year Apprentice Chefs from Bournemouth College in our kitchen, working closely under the supervision and guidance of our Executive Chef, Andrew Wilson.

Andrew is one of the regional judges in the Sussex heat of FutureChef, an initiative aimed at inspiring young people aged 12-16 to learn to cook, and he will also be a mentor in the finals of the competition which is headed by celebrity chef, Brian Turner,.

Trainees play a very important part in Ashdown Park and include Trainee Managers from colleges around Europe as well as the UK.

Strong relationships have been set up with a Hotel, Tourism & Recreation College in Holland who send us two trainees every six months. These students work around various hotel departments during their stay.

Portsmouth College also provide us with a Management Trainee on an annual basis and we also have our own Graduate Management Trainee, both of whom gain experience from various departments.

In addition to this, Ashdown Park Hotel have strong connections to local schools. Sackville School, East Grinstead, send their students for an annual tour around the Hotel and we attend their annual career fair.

Last month a colleague and I attended a “career speed dating” event at Imberhorne School, East Grinstead, which was interesting and fun! The students had to guess, by asking us questions, what we did for a career, finishing off with us telling them a little about our role.

I feel proud to work as a Personnel & Development Manager for a company that develops and supports so many young people in the hospitality industry.

Jenny Line, Personnel Manager - 27th February 2012

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