A collective of hospitality organisations teamed up to use the latest technology to inspire the next generation of recruits about the wonderful careers in hospitality during Skills London 2018 (23 and 24 November 2018).


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Skills London is the UK’s biggest jobs and careers event for 15-24 year olds, and the hospitality zone, led by elite hospitality apprenticeship provider, Umbrella Training, was interactive and engaging and  showcased careers to attendees. Umbrella Training recently won the Springboard Award for Excellence for the best use of Digital Media to Attract Talent and won best use of Social Media at Skills London.

The biggest draw within the zone was the Virtual Reality Hotel, which allowed visitors to explore a variety of employers and their respective departments, and give attendees the opportunity to learn about a range of career and apprenticeship options across the hospitality sector.

Representatives from Umbrella Training, The Ritz London, Red Carnation Hotels, Firmdale Hotels, The Goring, Royal Garden Hotel, Georgian House Hotel, Hotel Café Royal, The Strand Palace, Hyatt, Park Plaza, Sarova Hotels and RAF Club were on hand to answer any questions and share their experiences of working in this vibrant sector.

Over the course of two days, 2,000 individuals experience the VR Hotel https://www.umbrellatraining.co.uk/skills-london-2018/  along with an Instagram Social Wall with a Hologram Chefs Hat, a Hospitality Quiz using touch-screen technology and a gateway to careers in hospitality guide, plus The Caterer Check into Hospitality magazine.

Sam Coulstock FIH, Business Relations Director at Umbrella Training, said: “It was so inspiring to see hospitality represented so brilliantly at Skills London in 2018. By bringing together some of the industry’s most well-known brands, were able to showcase the vast opportunities our sector offers and inspire those visiting with the achievements and stories from some of our apprentices and from our employer partners.”

Skills London was held on 23 and 24 November 2018 at ExCel London. It is London’s biggest jobs and careers event and attracts over 30,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors. It provides visitors with the opportunity to discover careers through interactive, inspirational activities and demonstrations, and helps young people visually bridge the gap between what they enjoy doing and what they could potentially do as a career.




About Umbrella Training


Umbrella Training is an Elite Hospitality Apprenticeship provider which offers over 100 years’ hospitality experience, work-based learning and tailored assessment for your organisation.

As the experts, we understand how important it is for employers to maximise their return on investment while implementing new and exciting apprenticeship programmes. And so we work collaboratively with our learner and employer partners to deliver quality and consistent training to our apprentices.

When you join us, you #ComeUnderOurUmbrella. Using our wealth of knowledge, and our involvement in the apprenticeship reforms, we’ll support you through every stage of your apprenticeship journey to ensure you get results.

9 out of 10 learners achieving lifelong learning, sustainable employment and achievement of their apprenticeship.

About Skills London

Skills London is the UK’s biggest jobs and careers event for young people.  Focusing on young people aged 15-24 the event attracts more than 30,000 individuals across two days.

For 10 years, Skills London has reached out and inspired London’s young people by showcasing opportunities including apprenticeships, education, training, employment, internships and other options.

Skills London takes place at ExCeL London in November 2018. The event is brought to you by London First and delivered with Prospects. Click here to find out more about the organisers.

The key to Skills London’s success is the high level of interactivity exhibitors use to engage with the visitors. Visitors can sample the different career roles on offer in a fun and inspiring environment.

By engaging visitors with focused taster activities exhibitors gain access to London’s future workforce; inspiring them, entertaining them and most importantly informing them face-to-face about the career routes and job opportunities available.

The all abilities/all ambitions approach delivers visitor diversity. Visitors seek apprenticeships, training, jobs and college and university courses. Many visitors arrive knowing very little about the careers they are interested in, or which industry sectors to consider.

The holistic approach of Skills London combines educational institutions with employers under one roof, enabling visitors to find out about careers and the training required.


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