Silver Service signings for Anfield’s Isla Gladstone Conservatory

Aimmie-AlexTwo employees of Anfield’s the Isla Gladstone Conservatory are ready to perform at the top of their field after completing prestigious silver service training.

Aimmie Pepper (19) and Alex Hughes (18) are both completing hospitality apprenticeships with Hestia Careers, the training partner of the Anfield Regeneration scheme.  Supported by Your Housing Group, Hestia Careers recruits 18-24 year olds and places them in local businesses where they gain the necessary skills and experience to gain a qualification in their field.

As part of their apprenticeship, Hestia paid for Aimmie and Alex to receive silver service training in London.  During an intense one-week residential course at Addington Palace in Croydon, the pair learned how to set up a table according to silver service protocols, how to present and serve food and wine, and the etiquette that must be followed when providing silver service catering.

Discussing the course, Aimmie Pepper, who lives on Scotland Road said: “I’ve been working in hospitality for quite a while now, but even so, the course was pretty challenging! Silver service is something I’ve always wanted to learn, and having this on my CV will really help make me more employable in the future.”

Gemma McGowan, Director of Hestia Careers, said:

Providing access to this sort of training is one way we can help the local young people working with us to build the skills and confidence they need for a long and successful career in hospitality.”

“I’m really pleased that the course went so well for the girls, and we look forward to them showing us what they can do at our next big event.”

Hestia Careers is the training arm of the Anfield Project, which is led by a partnership between Your Housing Group, Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Football Club. Together, the trio are masterminding the regeneration of the Anfield area. Key developments will include new and refurbished housing, the development of ’96 Avenue’, a new public space named in honour of the Hillsborough victims, a new hotel, new retail premises and the restoration of Stanley Park.

An independent report by Liverpool-headquartered economists Amion Consulting said that these improvements will deliver a £14.5m boost to the city economy every year.