Skills London 2018


Welcome to Skills London 2018, your Gateway to a Career in Hospitality.

Meet some of worlds best brands in hospitality at Skills London and learn more about them and why you should consider working for these elite employers.

Skills London is London’s biggest jobs and careers event for 15-24 year olds and their families taking place on 23 & 24 November 2018 at Excel London.

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A collection of family-run, award-winning boutique hotels in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. Each hotel is a landmark of history and tradition; from the magnificent Ashford Castle in Ireland, to The Milestone Hotel, a historic mansion hotel in the heart of London, to the truly iconic Oyster Box in South Africa – the hotels are unique and characterful with a personal approach to hospitality.

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Our people come first and we truly recognise that through them, the service to our guests is personal, memorable, imaginative and friendly. We support this through our extensive training, with over 80 in-house courses. Learning and development is offered from day one of a person’s employment, right through to the level the individual wishes to pursue in their career. Our training courses are often qualification linked and can help someone progress from waiter, receptionist or porter through to manager, head of department and ultimately Deputy and General Manager. If your dream is to work internationally then opportunities are plentiful.

We offer a variety of wonderful roles in hospitality we offer structured internships and an award-winning graduate management programme, degree apprenticeships and apprenticeships in all roles.

The Goring features 69 sumptuous suites and rooms, each uniquely decorated with the finest furnishings. As the last remaining family-owned luxury hotel in London, it is renowned for its warm, intimate atmosphere and personalised service. Located in Belgravia and just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace and with over a hundred years of passion for hospitality and service. The Goring is the genuine article – a grand hotel with impeccable manners and a subtle streak of wit and wonder.

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Do you have what it takes to join the very best in London? For over a century The Goring has stood out from the crowd. Not only is it the capital’s only family run five-star luxury hotel, but it is also the only hotel to have been granted a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty The Queen.

Excellence in guest service is paramount and we pride ourselves on unrivalled personal attention and service. We look for the most talented, professional and committed candidates to help ensure the hotel continues to uphold the finest service standards.

The Royal Garden Hotel is one of the UK’s largest five red star hotels comprising of 394 bedrooms, three bars, two restaurants, extensive conference and events spaces and a health club.  Priding itself on providing a tailored personalised guest service, the Royal Garden Hotel is located next door to Kensington Palace and some of London’s most famous attractions. The hotel also has a rich and remarkable sporting legacy dating back to the famous World Cup win of 1966.

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The Royal Garden Hotel strives to be internationally recognised as London’s most flexible five-star hotel, which offers excellent value where distinction in service comes naturally. Our professional, dedicated and enthusiastic team ensures that the Royal Garden Hotel provides you with a uniquely individual experience.

We offer a wide range of benefits and have excellent opportunities for career advancement and development and provide exceptional training programmes for all employees as well as supervisors and managers. Every year, we offer many opportunities for students, who would like to gain practical insights of working for a leading five-star hotel. Ultimately we are your home away from home where your comfort and our guest are our greatest priority.

Just minutes from Covent Garden and the Thames, our central London hotel has been welcoming guests since 1909. Beneath today’s contemporary décor, you will find fascinating stories and some original Art Deco touches. Our fantastic location can help you to captivate the day in central London, whether you are visiting for leisure or for business purposes.

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Located in the heart of London, where the City meets the West End, the 4-star Strand Palace is embarking on an exciting journey with a multi-million-pound refurbishment project underway – making it a fantastic time to join the enthusiastic team already in place.

The Strand Palace Hotel is ideal for people with a passion for service, who are intuitive and able to engage comfortably with our guests to create a memorable experience. You will have a warm personality, be genuinely interested in people and enjoy building lasting relationships.

In return, we offer some amazing benefits such as interest – free season ticket loans, a comprehensive healthcare cash plan, discounted rooms for friends and family and free meals on duty.

Your journey is extremely important to us; we look forward to growing together!

We have 7 hotels across London that offer apprenticeship and career opportunities in an exciting range of professions. Learn to become a chef, crunch the numbers in finance or lead our teams in operational roles. Whatever your ambition Park Plaza Hotels and Resorts can offer you awarding winning training and development to help you succeed.

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We never forget that our team members are as individual as our hotels, and we have a strong passion for celebrating life’s everyday wins as well as the major milestones. It’s a fun, engaging work environment where people love what they do and work together to achieve more. We believe that what truly sets us apart is the quality of our smart, engaging service – our talented and motivated team members bring the Park Plaza brand alive by going out of their way to make our guests feel valued and appreciated.

Passion: Park Plaza provides a fun and engaging work environment where everyone gets involved.

Potential: At Park Plaza, we support the continuous development of our team members and always strive to achieve more together. We see our team member’s potential and equip them with the tools to achieve their career goals, wherever in the world that may be.

Personal: Our team members work closely together to the benefit of our guests, but it’s their personal touch that makes Park Plaza unique.

Park Plaza. Be part of it.

Firmdale’s commitment to its people is to deliver a great place to work, where excellent perks and benefits are offered, success is recognised and rewarded, long service celebrated and everyone is involved in weekly, monthly and quarterly staff events including afternoon teas, appreciation weeks and our Firmdale awards.

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Firmdale, which won the Caterer’s Best Employer Award at the 2017 Cateys, has won several awards in recognition of its investment in people including Best Candidate Experience and Excellence in Employee Engagement.

Firmdale embraces the unique qualities of team members and encourages individuality – it starts with the person, not their CV. The company offers a warm environment, treating both employees and guests with respect and inclusivity.

Firmdale inspires its teams to love what they do, live its values: attention to detail, resilience, passion, enthusiasm, the importance of relationships with one another and with our guests.
Firmdale believes that all its people have the opportunity to grow and progress, whatever their role. Management development and mentor programmes, apprenticeships and an inspiring learning directory actively increase their knowledge and skills.

Firmdale relishes originality and innovative and proactive thinking. Every team member’s opinion matters and employees get to share their suggestions in order to improve guest experience.

The Royal Air Force Club is a private members’ club located in London’s Mayfair, which offers luxurious surroundings and a ‘home from home’ to over 25,000 serving and former serving officers of the RAF and their families.

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The Club, with its prestigious and central location at 128 Piccadilly, boasts a unique RAF history and a multitude of facilities including 110 bedrooms, 8 meeting and banqueting rooms, a business centre and fitness suite, along with an elegant Dining Room and Lounge overlooking Green Park.
On 17th October 2018 we were proud to welcome our Royal Patron, Her Majesty The Queen to celebrate our Centenary Year. This was an exceptional opportunity for many staff members to meet Her Majesty.
Just one of the shining examples of what makes the Royal Air Force Club such a special place to work! We are always looking to meet talented, ambitious and above all passionate individuals to join our team. In return, we can guarantee a wonderful working environment, tailored learning programmes and exceptional benefits.
The Royal Air Force Club is proud to announce it has been voted 30th in The Sunday Times Top 100 Not for Profit Organisations to work for in the UK 2018

At Georgian House we believe the key to happy guests is a happy team, as a family-run
business we really care about every member of our team and always strive to be the very
best we can be. We put a premium on the continued development of all of our team
members, encouraging suggestions from every level of the business we ensure the team are
regularly involved in training and encourage the agreement of an in-house personal
development scheme. In addition to providing free English tutoring and as much flexibility in
working hours as possible all of our team members receive access to the Hospitality Action
‘Employee Assistance Programme.’

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Our relentless dedication to employee wellbeing has been highlighted by being
consecutively placed in ‘The Caterer’s Best Places to Work in Hospitality’ every year since
entering. In July 2018 our dedication to employee wellbeing was recognised further by
receiving our commitment level from the ‘London Healthy Workplace Charter.’ We believe
that it is this training, development and overall care towards our employees that has
revolutionised our business and enabled us to be recognised as one of the best employers
within the industry.

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