Business Takeover is a new English Tourism Week activity in partnership with People 1st, who have been running a similar project, Hotel Takeover, for a number of years.
During the 1-week takeover, students from People 1st's accredited hospitality colleges work in hotels across the country, giving them an insight into the day-to-day work in a hotel. This helps students to develop their skills and expectations of the workplace and enables hotels to build closer relationships with their local colleges and identify talented students.
How will it work?
As part of English Tourism Week (17-25 March 2018), we would like to encourage destinations to work with their local hospitality colleges to organise work placements in local tourism businesses (other than hotels), such as attractions, Tourist Information Centres or the destination management organisations (DMOs) itself.
VisitEngland or People 1st will put you in touch with your local college’s work placement coordinator so you can suggest tourism businesses that are interested in taking part. The college will then organise the work placements, keeping you in the loop. Depending on the interest of the college and the business, the work placement could last for a day, several days or the entire week (17-25 March). This may or may not include the weekends, depending on the business interest and student availability. The college would usually suggest suitable students, but this can be discussed between college and business.
What are the benefits?
- Develops the skills of the future tourism workforce in your area
- Facilitates contact between your local tourism businesses and colleges and possible future employee and talent
- A local and national PR opportunity, supported by VisitEngland’s corporate PR team
- Potential added exposure with your local MPs (as the activity could be linked with ETW Constituency Day)
What other options are there?
If you already have a good relationship with a local university or college, you could also take part in the activity in partnership with that institution, following the same or a similar model. In that case, please keep us in the loop on your plans so we can support them through our PR and political engagement activity.
What are the next steps?
If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please get in touch with Anke Monestel to discuss the options. We can then put you in touch with your local college or you can take the activity forward directly with your local university.