SERC’s Catering and Hospitality team was delighted to welcome Kelly-Ann McKay, People and Culture Manager from the five-star Ashford Castle, in Cong, County Mayo, on a visit to SERC Downpatrick Campus.
Ms McKay was visiting SERC Downpatrick Campus on the invitation of Catering and Hospitality lecturer Michelle McCarthy who said: “Myself and a colleague were lucky enough to have spent two days at the hotel last summer as part of a professional development training programme funded by Erasmus+ HE Mobility programme supported by the European Commission.
“It was a brilliant opportunity to work one-to-one with Pierre Mare-Faux, who is the head sommelier and currently ninth sommelier in the world.
“On our return, we were keen that our students could hear first-hand about work placements and employment opportunities at the world-famous Ashford Castle, which is part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, a family-owned group of hotels around the world renowned
for impeccable service and hospitality.
Michelle said: “Ms McKay gave a great insight to life and work at Ashford Castle to students from a range of programmes, including travel and tourism, hospitality and catering, hospitality management and professional cookery.
She added: “We are working with Ashford Castle to offer work placements for SERC students which will give them the edge when applying for jobs in the hospitality and tourism industries.”