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Hospitality Zone at Skills London wins top accolade

Last week, a collective of hospitality organisations took home the ‘Best New Exhibitor’ award at Skills London; the biggest jobs and careers event for 15 – 24 year olds in the UK. Awarded by Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, the hospitality zone led by elite hospitality apprenticeship provider, Umbrella Training, was described as being interactive, engaging and showcasing careers.

By far the biggest draw within the zone was the creation of a Virtual Reality Hotel; allowing visitors to explore a variety of employers, departments and learn about a range of career and apprenticeship options across the hospitality sector. Representatives from Umbrella Training, The Ritz London, The Dorchester, Red Carnation Hotels, Firmdale Hotels, Hotel Café Royal, The Strand Palace, Hyatt, Landmark London, Marcus Wareing Restaurants, Sarova Hotels and Spaghetti House were on hand to answer any questions and share their experiences of working in this vibrant sector. Over the course of two days, 1200 individuals experienced the VR Hotel; each leaving with their own VR headset where they could continue the activity at home or back at school (

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

We’re really proud that our zone received such high recognition from the Deputy Mayor, but more importantly we really showcased careers in hospitality and helped change the perceptions of hospitality among young people, parents and teachers.”

Skills London was held on 24th and 25th November at ExCel London. It is London’s biggest jobs and careers event; attracting 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.