The Edge Hotel School has been shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards in the outstanding employer engagement initiative category.
It has also been announced this week that the School is a finalist in the ‘Partnership with Industry’ category in the Professional Association for Catering Education (PACE) Awards.
Both entries focus on the highly successful Consultancy Project, where final year students engage with hotel managers and business owners who put forward specific research projects for the students to complete in three months.
Principal Andy Boer said: “Our partnership with employers is a vital component of our success story, It is rewarding for everyone involved, staff, students and our industry partners, to see it recognised at a national level.”
So far the projects have included a feasibility study on a £10 million spa at the five star South Lodge Hotel, which is now being built, creating an environmental policy for the five star Capital Hotel, devising ways to improve conference and events business at the five star Luton Hoo hotel and the development of a media plan for Michael Voigt, general manager of L’Oscar, a new five-star hotel due to open in London later this year.
Hospitality leaders are impressed by the innovative ideas presented in the research and the quality of the analysis produced.
The scheme has succeeded beyond all expectations. Of the 29 students who have taken part and subsequently graduated, 10 have started graduate level employment with the company they advised and others have been offered jobs, but taken up opportunities elsewhere.
The winners of both awards will be announced later this year.
The Edge Hotel School is the UK’s first hotel school based entirely in a fully operational commercial hotel. It provides the opportunity for students to earn a one-year foundation degree or two-year BA Honours from the University of Essex while they learn within a working environment at Wivenhoe House.
Wivenhoe House opened five years’ ago following a £10m refurbishment before the 40-bedroom welcomed its first students and then guests in August 2012.
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