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South Downs College Takeover

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Students take over The Langstone Hotel

On the weekend of 17 – 19 May, students from South Downs College took control of the prestigious Langstone Hotel.

This unique event, which is now in its fifth year, saw the students take key roles across the Hotel including front of house, catering and housekeeping. Across the weekend, the students prepared and served nearly 1,750 covers, welcomed 520 guests and made over £38k revenue.

Students were praised for their efforts at an awards ceremony held at College on Monday 20 May. Clint Marsh, the General Manager, said, “The students did so well. They were extremely professional and it was very difficult to tell them apart from the hotel staff. The guests didn’t realise that the takeover had taken place.”

The positions were advertised to the students who then had to complete an application and interview process organised by the College and Hotel management. In previous years staff have been on hand to support the students – this year the number of staff was dramatically reduced, leaving the students in control. The four-star Hotel is also home to an award winning 2 AA rosette restaurant, conference facilities, fitness centre and Innerspirit Spa.

The students received high praise from a member of the public who enjoyed a meal in the Brasserie restaurant at The Langstone and was let in to the secret when she offered her praise to the Head Chef.

Lorraine High said, “I would like to congratulate the students at South Downs College for their incredible contribution to our weekend away. I was totally amazed at the standard of food that we were served. Every aspect of the meal was first class. The presentation, content and the service were of the highest level expected of fine dining. I had no idea that it was students who were responsible for such exceptionally high quality food and service. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of them for their contribution to a memorable meal and I wish them all the very best of luck for the future.”

South Downs College and The Langstone Hotel have developed a close working partnership over a number of years and the Takeover is just another example of how successful this relationship has been. This partnership was recognised and praised when the project won the CATEY ‘Extra Mile’ award.

Not only does the takeover give students hands-on industry experience, a boost to the CV of any young person trying to make their way in the working world, but it has also led to employment opportunities for some of the top students.