Two Learners from the Grimsby Institute’s School of Hospitality are preparing to join the jet set as they head off to Florida, in the United States (US), where they have been chosen for one-year work placements by Butler Search Group (BSG) International Hospitality.
Founded in 2008, BSG, specialise in placing European Hospitality learners at premium-level resorts, hotels and private clubs along the East Coast of the US.
Rasheeda Butler, from BSG International Hospitality, recently visited the Grimsby Institute from Florida to recruit learners for a one-year internship after she discovered one of the interns she recruited last year was a former learner. Rasheeda said.
“I have to be honest, I had no idea where Grimsby was, but this is a fantastic opportunity for young people and they are going to be hands-on working. American Hospitality is world-renowned and when interns come back to the UK they tell me that having one year of American Hospitality on their CVs open doors to them that they never thought possible.
“When I arrived in Grimsby I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the welcome I received and the whole structure of the Grimsby Institute – I’ll definitely be back!”
23-year-old Michael Ballantyne is currently training for a Level 3 Professional Cookery qualification. Michael will be working at the Pine Tree Country Club, Boynton Beach, Florida, for six months from October and will then transfer to New York City for another six months. Michael said:
“It’s a brilliant opportunity. I’ll be away from the country for a long time but I’ve always wanted to go to California after I’ve done my work placement I think I’ll travel – I’m really excited.”
Another learner, Emily Asher, is currently training for a Level 3 Supervision qualification and will be travelling to the US in September to work at BallenIsles Country & Golf Club, also in Florida. Emily, who is 19, said: “I applied because it’s the chance to find out about a different culture and lifestyle. It’s an amazing opportunity that is just too good to miss.”