City Horizon's hospitality, hair and beauty students were rewarded for their hard work with an enrichment visit to the Aurora cruise ship. The hospitality students were treated to a full tour of the galley and the many preparation rooms by the Sous Chef.
He is one of 121 chefs on-board who feed over 2,000 guests and staff breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. The students were shown the equipment used to prepare and cook the food. In the pastry kitchen lemon tarts were cooking, they smelt delicious.
"I can't believe the volume of food they prepare" Daryl Chambers.
The hair and beauty students were greeted by Steiner staff and toured the salon and fitness areas. They learnt about the different treatments offered, how the spa facilities were used and what life was like aboard the ship.
"The Steiner staff showed us lots of things, how to present yourself and how exciting it is on-board" Kelly Othen.
The students were shown around the other facilities on-board including the cabins. All were impressed with the penthouse cabin costing around £160,000 per cruise. They were also surprised by the size of the ship and the facilities on-board.
"I didn't think there would be that much on-board and how many different jobs there are. I am definitely going to do this as a career. It was a fantastic trip" Leanne Buckle.
City Horizons Painting & Decorating Taster
During February, City Horizons partnered with Crest Nicholson and Southampton City Council to put on an introductory course to engage with young people not in education or employment with a view to giving them an insight into the painting and decorating trade.
The candidates were issued full PPE and received a full site induction at the Centenary Quay Site in Woolston from staff from Crest Nicholson. Also included was a site visit observing one of the decorating sub-contractors, KAR.
For the next phase, candidates went to City College to try their hand in the workshop at painting and decorating with training from one of City College's lecturers, Ian Stanley.
At the end of the programme, students were offered the opportunity to enrol on a full-time painting and decorating course to further their skills and expand their career options.
The candidates are being put forward for their CSCS (Health & Safety) card whilst others will use the experience to apply for jobs.
Southampton Water Activities Centre (SWAC) is part of Active Nation. Active Nation is a charity with a very clear and powerful mission - We want to persuade the nation to be active.
Over the last few years we have set up and developed the SWAC sailability programme - a community sailing programme for young people and adults with disabilities. Our aim along with the National Governing Body, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), sailability is to make sailing available to everyone, no matter what.
A group of City Horizons students took advantage of this fantastic day out at Avon Tyrell outward bounds centre in the New Forest.
Through the day they took part in 3 activities
- Bush Craft
The students learned survival skills including how to build a shelter, setting up camp, and cooking basic bread over a camp fire.
- Adventure Zone
They learnt teamwork, made new friends and showed great determination battling the elements along the way.
Hilary, Leah, Faith and Bethany stuck at it in pouring rain to complete the Adventure Zone.
"We're not giving up, we will do this as a team".
"I loved the trip especially the zip wire, it rained and rained but I was determined to keep going".
- Zip Wire
This was the most scary of all three activities but surprisingly also the most popular.
Mary Lester showed amazing courage on the zip wire. Although being terrified of heights, Mary still managed to climb over 20ft in the air.
Bradley and Toby also braved the zip slide overcoming their fear of heights, an amazing achievement, both completing the 40ft slide. "Well Done".