Inspire. Teach. Connect. Support.
Hotel School teaches hospitality skills to homeless and vulnerable people, matches them to sustainable employment, and supports them in their first steps into work. Hotel School is a joint venture between The Passage (London’s largest voluntary sector homeless resource centre) and The Goring Hotel. It is supported by London’s Five Star hotel community, Westminster Kingsway catering school staff, and over 50 local businesses - a true coming together of the community.
vulnerable people to get involved in hospitality
the main skills of the hotel and restaurant business
and match-making our trained students with the right employers
our graduates as they take their first steps (back) into work, through in-work and out-of-hours mentoring
A one week programme giving an insight into the hospitality industry, designed to inspire our students and inform them about the incredibly wide range of opportunities within it. Ex rough-sleepers who are successfully in a career, come to speak of their experiences and successes. Industry titans deliver inspiration. Chefs and Baristas appear to demonstrate in a participative way, and visits to interesting markets, hotels, kitchens and farms inspire.
A 10 week programme teaching the key skills and knowledge to prepare students for the 4 key areas of service, kitchen, housekeeping and reception. This course is challenging and part of a selection process, but it is also punctuated with fun, inspirational and fascinating visits, guests and activities. Successful graduates receive a nationally recognised certificate and a supported pipeline into work with one of our industry partners.
While progressing through the Main Course, students are assessed and advised. Work experience placements throughout the 10 weeks help to get trainees ready and confident, as well as introducing them to employers.
Every student is carefully matched to the right employer in one of our partner businesses.
Every student gets a dedicated in-work buddy, and a dedicated mentor outside of work.