College student take-over really takes off

City College Norwich s hospitality, catering and travel and tourism students took 180 guests on a culinary journey with Takeover Airways at this year s flight-themed Hotel Takeover gala dinner which took place at the Holiday Inn Norwich North on Thursday (March 3).

Students welcomed guests to the Lancaster Suite through an aircraft door, which was built by the college s level 3 carpentry students, before encouraging them to go through check in and boarding to register attendance and find their seats.

Guests were then given a musical safety demonstration and in flight entertainment by the college s level 3 travel and tourism students before being served a three-course meal by the college s hospitality and catering students.

Level 2 travel and tourism students joined forces with some of the college s art and design students to ensure that the room was fully decorated to reflect the theme which included individually designed papier m ch globes for the tables and large mural style artwork that showed the view from an aircraft.

The annual gala dinner, which helps to raise money for hospitality charity Springboard and the college s Student Opportunities Fund, forms part of the college s award winning Hotel Takeover initiative.

Staff took a step back to allow students to take on their jobs for five full days, covering everything from reception, to housekeeping, bar management, food preparation, food service and supervisory and management roles.

Norwich International Airport staff also took a step back to allow seven travel and tourism students to work on the customer service and information desk, check-in desk and boarding.
Since the first hotel takeover in 1998, the number of students involved has grown each year and is now one of the most ambitious student work experience events in the UK.

College Student Take-over Really Takes Off

Left row, front-back Travel and Tourism students Alice Pearce, Melissa Bygrave, Katie Alexander, Abby Buckle, Paige Wiles, Bethany Garner, Ellen Long, Emma Beck and Emma Jermy
Right row, front-back Travel and Tourism students Caitlin Martin, Jennifer Turner, Billie-Jo Bailey, Ben Rayner, Chloe Lipscombe, Wiktoria Wypych, Georgia Lawton, Ellie Girling and Sam Norton
Picture credit: Tracey Tutt


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