The Edge Training Hotel is the first of its kind in the UK and Stuart’s achievement is all the more impressive as he is one of only 25 students to be given places. The Edge is unique because it is run by a team of trainees such as Stuart and is open to the public who can dine and stay there. Hotel industry professionals and specialist teachers closely manage the trainees to ensure they provide 5 star cuisine and service.
Madeley’s Head of Hospitality and Catering, Neil Humphreys, said:
“I am delighted Stuart has gained a place at The Edge and I am confident he will grasp the opportunity with both hands. Stuart is studying hard for Level 3 BTEC Hospitality and Catering at Madeley Academy and he demonstrated at his interview his knowledge and passion for the industry.”
The Edge Hotel recruits in the same way as other universities by application through the UCAS process, but Edge students can gain a degree in just two years rather than the usual three.
Stuart Watson said:
“This is brilliant news for me and I will take full advantage of it as it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I was delighted to be offered the place against fierce competition and with the Hotel being sponsored by so many big names such as Hilton and Marriott the chances of a good job in these hotels is much greater. It wasn’t possible to gain a place in the University Hotel without the support of my teachers and family and they know how good an opportunity this is. I have no doubt that I will learn a lot from my two years there and that I will greatly enjoy the experience.”
This is not Stuart’s first claim to fame because last year he was an Olympic torch bearer for the Cleobury Mortimer leg of the flame’s journey.