Year 11 Taster Day - looking to the future

Looking to the future


On 16th January 2020 the Dean Court Hotel hosted 7 students on a year 11 taster day on behalf of HAY (Hospitality Association York). Students from Millthorpe, Fulford, Huntington, Manor Church of England Academy and All Saints RC enjoyed a day at the hotel for a series of mini masterclasses which gave the students a little insight of what is involved in working in one of York’s top hotels.

One of the values in which HAY promote is to create, develop and nurture links to local Schools, Colleges and Universities through industry promotion, work placements, interactive days, job workshops and Aspirational Fayres. This project was designed to educate the students about what hotel life entails, but remain fun and enjoyable for all involved.

The students had a hands-on experience within key departments such as housekeeping, reception, food and beverage and the kitchen as well as having a tour of the hotel which involved viewing many of the bedrooms.


Steve Bailey, General Manager, arranged the day with Melody Hardcastle from the city of York council and said “ we have listened to the feedback of many students who have had their work experience here over the years and ultimately produced a more concentrated and engaging experience which has proved extremely successful. It has been more beneficial to the students and to the staff. I have to give credit to the team that helped at the hotel for delivering an exciting and interactive work experience: Head Chef Benji Thornton, Housekeeper Marjorie Macintosh, F&B Supervisor Alison Walker and our Events Co-ordinator and co-host on the day Rebecca Hardcastle. This exercise was a new one but after gathering the feedback from all involved, I feel that it was the most productive and enjoyable work experience that we have ever done.”

Before the students departed, they were asked to fill in some questionnaires on behalf of York City Council.
“Fun & very engaging” “Informative & realistic” “Great experience, added knowledge to catering via head chef” were just some of the positive remarks. Everyone said they would consider an apprenticeship and would highly recommend the "Taster Days" to give insights into prospective career.

Everyone at the hotel thoroughly enjoyed the day too and we wish them all well in their future careers