The Prince's Trust has been working with The Savoy since 2015, delivering a yearly 3 week programme that teaches young people the skills they need to thrive in the hospitality industry.
The programme offers work experience in a variety of areas within the prestigious hotel including; housekeeping, event operations, switchboard, the kitchen, technical services and more. Following the end of the programme, The Savoy offers the young people on the course employment opportunities including guaranteed interviews for real time jobs.
Back in November we paid a visit to one of the latest recruits from the July 2018 programme. Walking through the staff only corridors of the Savoy, we made our way to the Kitchen. Standing in the corner scrubbing up oysters was Jayden Renwick.
Jayden is the latest chef’s apprentice to join the kitchen team via our Get into Hospitality programme with The Savoy. Jayden is 18, from Cricklewood and a big Manchester City Fan. He is loving his new job at The Savoy and is really enjoying the team he works with who are really supportive, and take the time to teach him new things.
Michael De Roeck, Prince’s Trust Executive, describes Jayden when they first met When he first arrived at the Taster Day for the course, he was shy and lacked confidence which, exacerbated his stammer. Despite this, his passion for hospitality shone through in his interview, as well as his drive to succeed.
Before the programme, Jayden had been accepted onto a catering course at a local college, but he rejected the offer to take part in the Prince’s Trust Course as it offered direct job opportunities.
The first 2 weeks of the course he worked with the back of house team. His performance was strong, but he wasn’t enjoying it. He requested to work in the kitchen but never thought it was going to be possible. Much to his surprise, The Savoy team placed him with head chef, Adrian Martin, in the kitchen. His first few days were scary, but he got straight into it, learning chopping and knife skills. He loved the pressure of a busy kitchen, and was offered an interview following great feedback from Adrian.
Jayden felt “out of this world” when he found out he’d secured a job with Adrian following his interview. We asked Michael about the transformation he’d seen in Jayden since the programme.
By the time we reached the final celebration at the end of the programme Jayden was a different person, he spoke eloquently and confidently about his experience. I got an email from his mum who said, I brought you a boy and you sent me home a man. It’s fantastic to see how invested the team at The Savoy are in our young people.
Lucas Perelstein who led on the programme from The Savoy told us “Jayden has completely transformed since the date I first met him at the Taster day. He is now a happy and confident chef working in the second oldest restaurant in London. We could not be happier to have him as part of our kitchen team.”
Jayden recommends the programme to other young people saying
We asked Jayden how long he saw himself at The Savoy, and he answered “forever and ever”.