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Student impresses Mansfield Manor Hotel

Luke Perkins (19) of Mansfield, is a student at Vision West Nottinghamshire College, and he is on a programme run in partnership with Mencap, the UK charity for people with a learning disability. The new programme helps people gain a supported work placement, and Luke was able to gain experience at the multi-award-winning hotel, which overlooks Carr Bank Park. Hayley Clements, a local Mencap co-ordinator, said: “This is the best outcome we could have hoped for.

The idea is that work placements lead to paid employment in the long-term, but Luke’s ability has shone through and he has already gained work. “We would like to offer a huge thank you to the team at Mansfield Manor Hotel for all that they have done for Luke, supporting him and giving him much-needed experience.” Keera Scott, from Mansfield Manor, said: “We try to offer opportunities to the area’s young people and so we were more than happy to offer Luke a place here at Mansfield Manor Hotel for a work placement. “He has proved to be a popular member of the team, and carries out his duties with care and attention. It made perfect sense to offer him a role here that fits in with his studies.”

There are currently 11 students on the Mencap scheme with the college, with places for more planned for the next academic year.

Author: Caroline Cox

Caroline is the Operations Director for Mansfield and Ashfield 2020. The most important part of this role is to listen, support and act! Through monthly focus groups we identify opportunities and challenge key bodies to provide a partnership approach to avoid duplication and monitor efforts to fulfill our philosophy which has always been firmly centered on our business community, growth and skills.

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