As part of a major career drive at Marriott Hotels, HR director Amanda Ravey went ‘back to the floor’ and produced a photo diary for personneltoday.com.
Amanda agreed to swap her day job and work as an HR manager at a West London hotel as part of a company-wide careers drive to help attract more staff and stimulate interest in the industry.
It was all part of the Springboard Careers Festival - a charity event that works to get more young people into the sector by offering a range of careers advice and support.
All 60 Marriott hotels in the UK were involved in the week-long season of activities, targeting more than 2,000 students.
The events included skills challenges, open days, job shadowing, parents evenings and several presentations at hotels.
The whole management team at the company agreed to go back to the floor, including the managing director, who returned to the kitchen, and the operations director, who became a porter.
Ravey’s HR photo diary
We wanted to celebrate the hospitality industry as a great place to work. For Marriott, this was an excellent opportunity to get young people into our business and show them the vast array of career choices the hotel business can offer them.
I was very happy to step into the cluster HR manager role for the West of London. This is normally done by Helen Averill, who took charge of running an open day for Heston Community School.
What I gained from the day
The open day allowed me to meet some of our potential future recruits and I started the day by talking to them about careers. I highlighted different training programmes for young people who join us, and gave them some tips for getting through the interviews.
What my day involved
Later we were joined by a team from the Hotel and Catering Training Company, who talked about their role and the Marriott Modern Apprenticeship Scheme. We also took the students on a tour of the hotel and answered a range of questions, such as ‘How do I become a chef?’ and ‘Has David Beckham ever stayed in your hotel?’
In the afterno