In March 2014 Almond Vocational Link hosted a group of teachers from Italy for a VETPRO project, executed from the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme funds. This project’s purpose was to visit various Vocational Educational Training providers in the UK in order to develop best training practice.
In this particular case, our partner teachers were interested in businesses and training centres within the hospitality trade. Whilst visiting the businesses, we focused on the way they operate and plan training activities for their staff.
As a host, Almond Vocational Link organised the group’s hotel accommodation, negotiated the price for a great quality evening meal and organised their transport passes. After a thorough research, we chose the establishments in Plymouth and surrounding areas, which were most suitable for this project.
Visit to Borringdon Hall – Manor House Hotel
“Boringdon Hall Hotel is a seductive manor house hotel in Devon where luxury and style come together with the drama of Elizabethan architecture. Imposing stone towers, secret archways and curious arrow slits hint at the hotel’s rich history. The delectable fine dining restaurant, lavish four-poster suites and idyllic location on the edge of Dartmoor, will make your heart flutter and your mouth water.”
To find out more about the Borringdon Hall Hotel please visit: www.boringdonhall.co.uk
Visit to Cornwall College – Saltash
“At Cornwall College Saltash all of our courses are vocational. That means they are practical, with a focus on giving you the skills to get that career you want, getting you to university or boosting the skills you already have, through practical skills training and real-work environments and projects.”
Our partners had a great opportunity to explore the college’s training facilities and learn about a variety of courses they offer.
We had a chance to listen to short presentations made by some of the very knowledgeable and passionate teaching staff.
Visit to the Tanners Restaurant and The Barbican Kitchen
“Tanners Restaurant is run by celebrity chefs Christopher and James Tanner, and their dedicated team in the stunning grade one listed Prysten House, which dates back to 1490. We offer fine local produce, prepared and served lunchtimes and dinner five days a week” tannersrestaurant.com
“Housed in the world famous Plymouth Gin Distillery, the Barbican Kitchen was established in 2006 by the Tanner Brothers, Chris and James.The Barbican Kitchen takes full advantage of the superb larder available to us here in the Westcountry.” barbicankitchen.com
Visit to Cornwall School of Tourism and Hospitality
“Based at St Mellion International Resort near Saltash in South East Cornwall, the Cornwall School of Tourism and Hospitality is a £1 million development pioneering a new approach to career oriented learning.
This is the first place in the UK where you can combine conventional training in tourism and hospitality with ‘hands on’ experience at a leading employer as well as state of the art online learning and video-conferencing, which opens up access to the latest thinking from around the globe.”
To see all the photos from this projects, please take a look at the full album here