College Hotel School to Celebrate Student Success with Oscars Style Awards Ceremony

Students from the City College Norwich Hotel School will be receiving awards for their achievements in a gala dinner to be held at Dunstan Hall, in Norwich. Following a canapé reception and fireworks, the award presentations will take place during a 3-course dinner after which students, staff and local employers who have sponsored the awards can enjoy a bar and disco in a spectacular Oscars-style celebration.

The awards recognise the hard work and achievements of students in the past academic year. There are 27 awards in total with 3 nominees in each category and the winners are being kept a closely guarded secret. Award categories represent the whole range of courses on offer in the College’s renowned Hotel School, from introductory through to degree-level, including trainee chefs, waiting staff, receptionists and tourism students.

The guest speaker this year will be John Reed, Training Co-ordinator for Learn Purple in London. John holds a 2:1 degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and has worked in the hospitality industry for organisations such as Sprowston Manor and Waltham Abbey Hotel as a Food and Beverage Manager, before joining Learn Purple in 2004. One of the key parts of John’s current job is working with clients to develop training programmes, particularly in management, for their staff. He will be speaking as a mentor and role model to many students.

All the awards are sponsored by local employers from the hospitality industry many of whom support the Hotel School by getting involved in teaching programmes and coursework and providing valuable work placements for students. This year one member of the local industry will also be given a “Contribution to the Profession” award, in recognition of the support they have given to the Hotel School and its students and their drive in improving standards and quality in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry.

Steve Thorpe, Head of the Hotel School said: “The awards are a great way to mark the achievements of all our students this year. We will be thanking them all for their hard work over the last 12 months and there will be a special mention for several students who have achieved 100% attendance in their courses!”