Atlas Hotels are proud to support the Down’s Syndrome Association’s amazing WorkFit programme which supports people with Down’s Syndrome to access meaningful work opportunities that can benefit the rest of their lives.

As part of the WorkFit programme Holiday Inn Express Manchester East offered a work-based learning opportunity which combines paid employment for one morning a week with a City & Guilds NVQ Level 1 in Hospitality.

Through WorkFit, Sean began his work-based learning in July 2015 at Holiday Inn Express Manchester East as a Breakfast Assistant. Sean made is making the most of this fantastic opportunity for work-based learning and is supported by his mentor Lydia and other colleagues to develop a range of skills in the hospitality industry. Sean says “I like the job and the staff at the Holiday Inn (sic) and look forward to going there”.

Our team have really enjoyed getting involved with the programme “our experience to date has been amazing! To be able to offer Sean the chance to gain valuable work experience whilst working towards an NVQ fills us all with pride. He has fitted into the team really well and is a pleasure to work with. He brings a smile to our faces and makes mornings fun!” – Beverley Smith, General Manager

“I know Sean is really enjoying his job and has already learned some valuable skills. I am very grateful for the scheme as it has allowed me to gain additional, invaluable skills and has furthered my professional career. Last but not least, it has enabled me to work with a fantastic new employee. Sean is one of the most popular members of the team and has had a really positive impact on everyone here.” – Dennis Routledge-Tizzard, Guest Service Assistant.

In addition to his work-based learning at the hotel, Sean is also studying for an entry level qualification in Catering through Bolton College and is able to use his placement at Holiday Inn Express Manchester East to support that qualification.

We couldn’t be more proud of Sean and are delighted that he is a part of Atlas Hotels.