Orchard Manor School visit the club

Mar 12, 2020 | Jenni Ashford

As part of an ongoing partnership with educational organisations, Exeter Golf and Country Club welcomed ten students from the Orchard Manor School in Dawlish to explore working within the hospitality sector.

As well as working closely with local schools in Exeter, such as St Lukes, West Exe and St Peters C of E School, Chris Jones and the management team at Exeter Golf and Country Club are partnering with educational support networks, including the Careers and Enterprise Partnership and now the Skills Builder Partnership.

Skills Builder Partnership works with students, teachers, employers and organisations to develop engagement, collaboration and skills through a framework of programmes.  The organisation has spent a year with Years 10 and 11 at Orchard Manor School in Dawlish preparing them for the transition to the workplace.

Orchard Manor School is a residential school that caters for 165 students aged 3-19, providing education and care for pupils with communication and interaction difficulties, Autistic spectrum conditions and learning needs.

Chris Jones, General Manager at Exeter Golf and Country Club spent a morning with the students, along with Front of House Manager, Sam Bennett. They gave the students and teachers a tour of the club, including the ‘behind the scenes’ areas such as the offices, kitchens and bars.

Back in the Topsham Room, the students watched the video ’60 reasons to love Exeter Golf and Country Club’. Chris and Sam talked about the business and described their job roles.

The students had prepared questions to ask Chris and Sam – a task designed by their teachers to encourage listening and communication skills.

Chris Jones said, “We enjoyed meeting the students and answering their questions about working in hospitality. A big well done to them for coming up with such interesting questions – you could see that some of the students found it quite challenging to speak to in front of an audience and they, rightfully, looked very proud of themselves for doing so.”

One of the teachers from Orchard Manor School said, “Great visit and a chance for our young people to explore working in this field.”

A student from the school explained why the visit was so beneficial, “I enjoyed looking around and seeing the different activities and learning about the skills you need in every different job. It was fancy!”

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