Students and staff at Knowsley Community College and St Helens College are busy preparing for Visitor Economy Week which runs from 4-8 February, 2019.
The initiative brings together key Liverpool City Region partners to demonstrate to school children, students, teachers, parents and employers the variety of careers and opportunities in our area’s thriving tourism industry.
Combining more than 50 different events and activities, the week aims to encourage students to explore the career opportunities within the visitor economy and provide a taste of working in hospitality, retail, tourism and travel.
The week of activities will launch at Liverpool Football Club with an opening breakfast, followed by a regional skills show at Anfield, giving attendees the chance to meet local employers, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers all under one roof.
Knowsley Community College and St Helens College will also be hosting its own employer focused skills show including have-a-go activities that showcase exciting careers in the industry to students across the College.
Visitor Economy Week celebrations will conclude with a closing ceremony dinner at the Richmond Hotel, in Liverpool, where catering and hospitality students from the College group and various college’s across the city region, will come together to provide an exclusive fine dining experience to key contacts in the industry.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “We’re lucky to live in a region where there are such a wide variety of different careers options in many different sectors. The Visitor Economy is one of those growth sectors which are going to be key for the region in the years ahead – so it’s great that we’re giving our young people a flavour of the opportunities it might offer them.”
Curriculum Manager at St Helens College, Jen McGill, said: “VE Week is the perfect opportunity for us to showcase some of our successful alumni, who have gone on to establish careers with some amazing employers including Michelin-starred restaurants, top hotel chains and global companies.
She added: “This week provides a first-hand insight into how successful a career in the visitor economy can be and how it creates some amazing opportunities to work around the world.”
This initiative is the first in a series of events that will be staged over the next 12 months to help promote the visitor economy as a credible career choice, and raise the profile of the sector.