Local college joins forces with hotel to teach students skills for life

With the stunning views of Fistral beach as a backdrop, students from Truro and Penwith College finished a year of hard work at the Headland Hotel with a wonderful graduation and delicious afternoon tea.

Nahian enjoyed every part of the work at the hotel

Nahian enjoyed every part of the work at the hotel

The eight students have been heading to the hotel every other Wednesday throughout the year as a part of their Skilled for Life course at Truro College, taking it in turns to work in the restaurant and housekeeping areas of the hotel.

Charlotte and Abbie loved learning how to prepare the lodges for guests

Charlotte and Abbie loved learning how to prepare the lodges for guests

Finley became very skilled at folding the toilet rolls in different ways

Finley became very skilled at folding the toilet rolls in different ways

The Skilled for Life course is an Entry Level 3 course that offers students within the Foundation Studies department the change to experience a variety of vocational sectors and learning experiences, making the Headland Hotel a perfect location for such experiences.

For most of the students, their graduation was their first time having afternoon tea

For most of the students, their graduation was their first time having afternoon tea

As the year progressed, each student has grown in confidence while learning valuable skills such as dusting, making beds, vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom and even silver service table setting, which they learnt while preparing the restaurant for evening and breakfast guests and even the occasional wedding.

Aiden was thrilled to pour his first ever cocktail

Aiden was thrilled to pour his first ever cocktail

Aiden, one of the students in the group, was so eager to progress that he worked incredibly hard to become able to work behind the bar at the hotel. An aim he achieved with the help of his friends, lecturers and staff at the hotel.

Indeed, throughout their time at the hotel, the students have been aided by the incredibly helpful and friendly staff at the hotel, who went out of their way to accommodate the students and to teach them above and beyond what they needed to learn.

Abbie Lanes was especially pleased with the help she'd received from the staff.

All the staff are friendly and kind and helpful, showing us what we have to do. It's an amazing place!

Abbie Lanes, Foundation Student at Truro and Penwith College

Of course, the staff were equally taken with the students. Sarah Gaskin, the Concierge at the hotel, has greatly enjoyed welcoming the students to the hotel.

It's been an absolute pleasure to help and encourage the students. Seeing their smiling face grown with confidence each visit has been a real joy.

Sarah Gaskin, Concierge at the Headland Hotel, Newquay
Oliver couldn't stop smiling when he got to see how to prepare champagne

Oliver couldn't stop smiling when he got to see how to prepare champagne

The restaurants tables always looked immaculate after Caitlin set them

The restaurants tables always looked immaculate after Caitlin set them

Tamara Gill, Cottage Supervisor at the hotel, added: "The students have shown a lot of enthusiasm learning the key roles of a housekeeper. They've worked really hard. I hope they have enjoyed this experience and can use the skills they've learnt in future careers. Good luck to everyone, it's been a pleasure working with you all."

Karen Wannell, the students' lecturer at the College, was so happy with how the inaugural year has gone that she has organised for it to continue next year as well. "The students have benefited so much from this experience and have grown in confidence with the various tasks they have been expected to perform," she said.

It gives me a great sense of pride to see how these students have developed and become valued members of the team at the Headland Hotel.