Suite dreams: checking in to Hotel School.
A top London hotel and a charity have launched a school where homeless people are taught hospitality skills to get them ready for work. Lucy Purdy from positive.news checks in …
Just a few hundred metres apart in London’s bustling Belgravia, two buildings have been sheltering people for decades. At The Goring hotel it’s been well-to-do guests – frequently royalty – and at The Passage centre, vulnerable and homeless men and women, up to 200 every day.
Last year, the two joined forces to launch Hotel School. The main course? A hands-on, 10-week series of classes and one-to-one sessions, in which homeless and vulnerable people are taught hospitality skills. As well as introducing them to work in service, kitchen, housekeeping and reception, Hotel School serves up work experience placements with some of London’s best hotels and restaurants. There are also introductions to potential employers, and mentoring to help students stick at jobs once they secure them.