Hotel takeover by young unemployed people to boost their skill set

Youngters from Inspired Youth group on work experience at the Premeier Inn hotel.
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Youngters from Inspired Youth group on work experience at the Premeier Inn hotel. (left to right) Stephanie Kirk, Justin Burgess, Amy Hetherington, Enya Brady and Ryan Barham. Photo: Nick Butcher - Credit: Archant � 2017

Jobless people have taken over the running of a busy hotel for the day.

Youngters from Inspired Youth group on work experience at the Premeier Inn hotel.
Enya Brady with re

Youngters from Inspired Youth group on work experience at the Premeier Inn hotel. Enya Brady with reception team leader Glenn Parker. Photo: Nick Butcher - Credit: Archant � 2017

A scheme has been taking place between Premier Inn in Runham Vauxhall, Great Yarmouth and organisations which help young people and those out of work improve their skills.

Five young people have been supported by the Anchorage Trust and Inspired Youth charities for the past two months to prepare them for their takeover of the hotel and neighbouring restaurant.

Amy Hetherington, 30, who lives in Great Yarmouth shadowed the operations manager at the hotel.

She said it had been absolutely brilliant and boosted her confidence.

Youngters from Inspired Youth group on work experience at the Premeier Inn hotel.
Justin Burgess wit

Youngters from Inspired Youth group on work experience at the Premeier Inn hotel. Justin Burgess with Clare Johnstone. Photo: Nick Butcher - Credit: Archant � 2017


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Justin Burgess, 27, from Great Yarmouth suffers from mental health problems and said he enjoyed the opportunity to learn about a big hotel chain.

He spent the day working in hospitality.

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He added: 'This has made me realise I don't need to volunteer to make my day go smoothly, there's other things I can do.'

Operations manager at Premier Inn Great Yarmouth Csilla Kisfoldi said the charities were giving young people a second chance, and the hotel was delighted they could help out.

She added: 'Our hope is that the last six weeks, culminating in their time at Premier Inn today, will help Ryan, Enya, Steph, Justin and Amy learn valuable skills and help them take the first step in their careers.

'It's been a pleasure to have them at the hotel today.'

Chief executive of Anchorage Trust Ben Stone said: 'The hotel takeover is so important to us as it provides young people with a unique insight into the world of work by opening up opportunity to progress to the next step.

'We are immensely proud of our relationships with employers and are hugely excited to be part of this exciting project with Inspired Youth and Premier Inn, it's those relationships that really can change lives.'

Chief executive of Inspired Youth Natalie Davies said: 'It's been our honour as Inspired Youth to take part in the first collaboration takeover with Premier Inn and Anchorage Trust.'

She added: 'I couldn't be more thankful to Premier Inn for the opportunity they have given us and the individuals on the programme to show their incredible skills.'

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