Edge Award for excellence in the practical delivery of technical and professional learning - EKC Group Case Study

With a clear need for tourism skills and more rooms in Thanet, Broadstairs College’s idea to develop a boutique hotel as a unique, innovative learning experience clearly met the needs of the local community.

The Yarrow hotel has a unique study programme attached to it, with students signing a contract of employment alongside their learning agreement. They develop their skills in this inspirational learning environment, growing their ability to progress directly into employment.

Students are developing the skills they need to achieve their ambitions, growing their confidence as well as the ability to operate in a commercial environment while working alongside highly skilled professionals. A variety of curriculum groups have been able to take advantage of the opportunities the hotel offers, with a range of students feeding into this unique new provision.

The hotel is already a huge success commercially, while also delivering an inspirational student experience that raises aspiration.