STUDENT VOICE Student Voice SPRING SUMMER 2017 - Page 9

Meet... Salt and Barrel’s Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall, 22 from Kilmarnock, started a hospitality internship at our Kilmarnock training restaurant Salt & Barrel last November. Here, she talks us through a typical day. When I was at school I always knew I wanted a career in the hospitality industry. I left school to go to Ayrshire College to study NC Hospitality, then progressed to HNC and HND Hospitality Management. I was really pleased that I got all A’s as the standard is extremely high in the hospitality department of the College. From there I went straight into the third year of a management course at university. Luckily a friend pointed out that an internship had come up at the College, working specifically with the new training restaurant at the Kilmarnock Campus, so I went for it! My main role is to support the Hospitality lecturers. Every day starts with setting up the restaurant. This can involve making sure that the tables are all set, checking the bookings for that day, and checking that everything is in place for customers arriving for their lunch. It means that when the students arrive in the morning, there’s no mad rush to set up as it’s already been done. website and managing the Salt & Barrel social media pages. I do a regular stock control of the bar, and order new stock when required. There’s a bit of negotiating involved with suppliers. I’m always trying to get the best deal! I also help to negotiate with suppliers for upcoming events, whether that is flowers for the tables or food and drink. I also get involved with trying to get new sponsors on board for events. There is always something to do. Even if it’s a quieter day, I always find that there’s a staff member coming in looking for help, and I’m happy to do that. I really enjoy my job so it’s always a pleasure. The lecturers who work at the College have really inspired me to look more into the teaching aspect of the industry. The lecturers here have a wealth of knowledge and I would like to get more experience in different areas of the hospitality industry before I decide exactly where I see myself in my career. But it will definitely be in the hospitality industry! is extremely " high the in standard the hospitality department of the College. " I take bookings, either over the phone or at, as well as updating the THE STUDENT VOICE SPRING/SUMMER 2017 9