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Premier Inn Hotel Opening Inspires Employability Participant

Newcastle United Foundation Employability Participant Ryan Embleton joined Newcastle’s Mayor and the region’s business community at the official opening of the new Premier Inn Newcastle City Centre (The Gate) after completing a two week work placement at the hotel.

During his placement with the organisation Ryan worked with the housekeeping, reception, restaurant and hospitality teams honing his skills in customer service and food preparation.

Having initially been introduced to the Foundation through their United For Employment programme, supported by Isos Housing, Ryan, 20 from Walker, has now made the transition to Talent Match, to benefit from continued support in his search for employment.

Talent Match, a Big Lottery funded scheme to tackle youth unemployment, is a free course for young people aged 18 to 24 who have been out of work for 12 months or more. During the 15 week course participants take part in a series of workshops designed to boost skills for work, increase self-esteem and improve physical and mental health. Each course also includes CV and job search skills, football coaching, work placements and ICT, literacy and numeracy support where needed.

On his experience, Ryan Embleton said: “”Before I got involved with the Foundation I didn’t know what I wanted to do and I had no opportunities or support. As part of the programme I had two weeks work experience at the Newcastle City Centre (The Gate) Premier Inn and I loved it. I learnt loads of new skills, food preparation and customer service are just two of them!

“The team members were so welcoming and really made me feel part of the team. I’d like to thank Paul, Marie, Amanda, Steve and the rest of the team for their support. I would love a career in hospitality and I’m working with Dan to make it happen. Being part of this course has changed my life – I now know what I want to do and what paths I want to take.”

Daniel Hancock, Youth and Community Project Officer at Newcastle United Foundation, added: “It’s been great to see Ryan develop over the course of the programme. His attitude has been fantastic and he is absolutely committed to securing employment in this sector – he’s not afraid of putting the hard work in so I’m sure that will pay off, especially now he has experience he can include in his CV. It was brilliant to see how well he had integrated into the Premier Inn team and to hear how much he enjoyed it. Huge thanks to Neil Middlemass and Premier Inn for their valued support as an Employability Partner.”

Neil Middlemass, Premier Inn’s Cluster General Manager for Newcastle, said: “Partnerships like this are a great way to get young people involved in the hospitality industry. We are always looking for opportunities to develop the hotel leaders of the future and it has been a pleasure working with Ryan these past few weeks. We wish him every success in what I am sure will be a promising career.”

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