Trio gain experience at German hotel
Three young people leaving care in Leicester have travelled to Germany for work experience.
Emma Sawyer, Kim Lound and Jonny Campbell have been learning the hotel trade at the Leicester Marriott Hotel and on Sunday left for Dusseldorf to work in the German city's Renaissance Hotel.
The project, paid for by the European Union's Leonardo Fund, aims to give youngsters leaving care more confidence and experience as they seek employment and independence.
Emma, 19, has been in care for almost five years and is now taking her first steps to independent living in a flat in Braunstone.
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She said: "I was put forward for work experience at the Marriott hotel by my social worker.
"That was one day a week, then I heard about the Germany project.
"Working at the Leicester Marriott has been really interesting – and really busy. The staff have been brilliant."
All three have been taking German lessons.
Karen Duffy, HR manager at Marriott Leicester, said: "It's a wonderful opportunity for these fantastic young people. They work extremely hard and are eager to learn.
"They have taken that attitude to Germany and apply themselves to learn skills and gain great experience."