Searcys new charity partnership with Hotel School11 March 2020
Searcys is proud to announce a new partnership with London charity Hotel School, joining a stellar team of British hospitality companies working with the organisation.
The Hotel School was created to teach hospitality skills to homeless and vulnerable people, empowering them to find sustainable employment whilst also providing support throughout their first steps into work. As the newest partner and the first caterer joining the charity, Searcys will offer their support by welcoming Front of House apprentices at their venues, starting this month with a placement at the recently launched Saatchi Gallery Brasserie and Champagne Bar.
Created as a joint venture between The Passage (London’s largest voluntary sector homeless resource centre) and The Goring Hotel, The Hotel School is a true coming together of the community. As one of the UK’s oldest hospitality companies, Searcys joins London’s five star hotel community and over 50 local businesses working to support the charity.
Aiming to equip as many vulnerable and homeless people with the skills they need, the Hotel School offers various training programmes to inspire and train each individual. This includes a one-week programme giving an insight into the hospitality industry, to a 10-week programme teaching the key skills and knowledge to prepare students for the four key areas of service, kitchen, housekeeping and reception. Designed to be challenging but inspirational, the courses are part of the selection process, and have seen an 80% graduation rate.
“We are very excited to collaborate with Searcys. Searcys’ commitment to invest time into their employees and giving them opportunities to develop within the company is what fascinated me most about their business. It’s the key factor that we are looking for in an employer partner at Hotel School.” says Dana Sandrock, Employment and Progression Coordinator at Hotel School.
Kate Bell, Head of People at Searcys says: “Hotel School joins our other hospitality partner Beyond Food in their important work to provide meaningful employment opportunities and support for our sector. All of us at Searcys have taken their work to heart and I am delighted at the warm welcome our venue teams are providing for Hotel School and Beyond Food graduates.”