Snowdonia hotel inspires the future workforce

Young people have been given a taste of the Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure industry in north Wales this week in a hands-on workshop, organised by Careers Wales. 

The Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis is just one employer that has signed up to the Education Business Exchange and promotes opportunities in this growing sector.

The Education Business Exchange is a programme designed to facilitate opportunities for schools and local employers to work together and deliver exciting curriculum enhancing programmes for pupils. 

Ann Owen, Deputy Manager at The Royal Victoria Hotel said: “As Deputy Manager, I am responsible for working with the community, enhancing our image and reputation and sharing information about future job opportunities at the hotel. "

“This week, we raised awareness of the career opportunities in the food industry and what skills, experiences and qualifications are needed.  Gareth Wyn Jones, our Chef de Partie, shared his career story and told the pupils about the opportunities available in North Wales. "

“We held the workshops as part of a bigger Skills Day at Ysgol Brynrefail and made sure the year 10 pupils were kept busy. All the pupils enjoyed cooking, making delicious mini lemon meringues, while hearing about careers and apprenticeships in the hospitality industry in North Wales."

Over the past two years, we have supported work experience placements with local schools. This partnership has helped a year 11 pupil from Ysgol Brynrefail with a particular interest in repairs and maintenance, as well as 15 hospitality pupils from Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen who have had the chance to work in our professional kitchen.

“Thank you to Careers Wales for their continued support. I hope that The Royal Victoria Hotel continues to work in partnership with schools in the future. I would encourage other employers to support our future workforce and sign up to Careers Wales’ Education Business Exchange database.” 

John Edwards, Business Engagement Adviser for Careers Wales said: “The tourism and hospitality sector continues to be a key contributor to the economy within north Wales, generating £2billion per annum. More than 3,000 tourism jobs could be created in the next 5-10 years and developments in north Wales attractions will impact associated areas such as food and catering."

“We are calling on more businesses in the tourism, hospitality and leisure industry in Wales to engage with schools and inspire the future workforce.”

To find out more, contact Careers Wales on 0800 028 4844 and speak to your local Business Engagement Adviser or visit to find out more about our education business activities.

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