Graduate Education and Mentoring Scheme

£14,000 over 3 years

The Hospitality Undergraduate Mentoring Scheme was established in 2008 to address the fact that 40 percent of students who studied hospitality related degrees did not enter the industry upon completing their studies as a direct result of their negative placement experience and out of date course content.

This programme will carry on working with young people who are studying hospitality-related degrees in the UK with the opportunity to benefit from the experience, guidance and wise counsel of senior professionals within the hospitality industry. The provision of insightful one-to-one mentoring for students from second year of study through to employment within the industry, dedicated support and guidance delivered by industry leaders is designed to increase conversion.

Access to Mentoring from Industry Leaders

Through the GEMS Programme, we now intend to create a step change in the mentoring provision available over the next three years to enable all Hospitality or related degree students in every university in England, Scotland and Wales offering such programmes the opportunity to benefit from an industry mentor if they so wish.

A database of ‘Expert’ industry speakers

The GEMS project will promote student placement opportunities in a wider variety of sectors and in businesses that have achieved the Springboard Quality Standard INSPIRE accreditation for work experience – INSPIRE for students, supported by their mentors, within their desired area of study as well as showcasing the variety of opportunities available within different sectors. The placement opportunities available will be located within the INSPIRE website for universities and students to access through an on-line application or brokerage type service.

A database of Work Placement Opportunities Cross Sector and Brokerage Service

The GEMS project will build a database and regional network of industry leaders and professionals equipped to give talks to students on contemporary matters affecting the sector. As experts in the industry, these speakers will educate students about topical issues, industry priorities and forecasted trends – equipping students with knowledge of the rapidly changing business world