HoW College students are a sure bet at Cheltenham races

HoW College students are a sure bet at Cheltenham races

Last month students from Heart of Worcestershire College put their skills into practice as they helped out at one of the most famous horse racing festivals in the world; The Cheltenham Festival.

Travel and Tourism and Hospitality students worked in a variety of roles including waitressing and food preparation; serving in corporate boxes and restaurants to hundreds of race goers. 

Level 1 Hospitality student, Elloize Blake –Deeton, commented on her experience of the week;

“This experience has benefited me greatly. At the start of the week I was hesitate on attending. Being a young mum I have a lot to juggle and initially I didn’t want to leave my daughter. However with great support, I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It has been hard work but I have more confidence now and I am a better waitress. I would like to work in a hotel in the future and this experience has helped me to be able to put down some real work experience on my C.V “

Staff at the races has been equally impressed with the students dedication and attitude to work, commenting ‘They are such good kids. They work very hard and have tried their best.

One student, Sam Woodward has particularly has stood out to his Manager, Ian Summerfield, and has been nominated for a hospitality award. Speaking about working with Sam, Ian commented

“Sam has everything going for him. He takes things on first time around and pre-empts tasks. He builds a great relationship with customers. I have put a lot of responsibility on him for someone his age but he has thrived. He is a credit to the College.”

Sam Woodward added:

“I’ve been working in one of the corporate boxes. This week has been a great experience. It is such a good atmosphere. It is a very long and tiring week but it is equally fulfilling.”

For more information about our travel and tourism and hospitality courses please visit

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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