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Picture of our 14-16 Academy students with guest speaker

The tourism industry within the Liverpool City Region accounts for more than 49,000 jobs and is projected to increase in the build up to 2020, boosting the demand for professions within the hospitality, catering and tourism industries.

Former St Helens College hospitality student, Stephanie Birchall, has taken advantage of the current demand, landing herself an Assistant Manager position at the well-established, Mercure Haydock Hotel.

With her impressive rap sheet of work experience from Liverpool's exclusive, fine dining restaurant, The Art School, to the historic Grand National, she recently attended St Helens College's 14-16 Academy as a guest speaker to pass on her insight into the events industry to Year 10 students.

Stephanie said, "It feels amazing to be able to come back to the College and share my experiences with the students, especially seeing how enthusiastic they are about working in the industry. I really do believe that the College played a pivotal role in launching my career, so it's great to be able to pass on some advice to the students who are now heading towards the same career pathway that I was on at that age."

The talk, which formed part of the students' BTEC Hospitality unit, opened up discussion about the logistics of planning an event and the diverse range of events available.

Caron Kerr, Headteacher of the 14-16 Academy, said, "The St Helens College 14 - 16 Academy provides such an innovative learning environment to our students, enabling them to focus on their studies but also work towards their career aspirations, so it's fantastic that Stephanie has been able to share her extensive experience and knowledge with them."

The St Helens College 14-16 Academy offers a unique curriculum of core, academic GCSEs, industry sector pathways and valuable work experience, representing an exciting alternative to high school for learners currently in Year 9. Learners can join us for Years 10 and 11, study full-time and will benefit from smaller class sizes, teachers with years of industry experience, a FREE breakfast each day and a FREE first term bus pass.

The next 14-16 Academy open evening is on Wednesday 28th January 2016, 5pm-7pm, for more information call us on 0800 99 66 99.