Students go shopping for skills at UK luxury store

Students go shopping for skills at UK luxury store

Students studying for an Environmental Health degree at the University of Wolverhampton bagged the chance to shop for some hands-on work experience when they visited luxury UK store, Harrods, recently.

Five second and third year students on the BSc Environmental Health course in the Faculty of Science and Engineering were given a behind the scenes tour of the world famous Harrods Food Court.  The Head of Food Safety was on hand to give them an overview of the 25 different food outlets, looking specifically at food handling, safety and preparation as well as checking food items on display and the kitchen environments.

Andy Lucas, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader said:  “Visiting a store like Harrods, which is steeped in history and tradition and is probably one of the most famous stores in the world, was an amazing experience for our students”.

“Not only were they introduced to the Head of Food Safety who gave them a personal tour, they were able to recognise and apply principles they have learned on their course to a real-life working environment where the preparation, handling and display of food is crucial to the success of the business.”

Environmental Health students undertake a field trip to Harrods Food Court.

Lucy Brundell, Environmental Health student, said: “The field trip to Harrods was extremely interesting and it’s fascinating to see what goes on behind the scenes from an Environmental Health perspective.  When you consider the quality of the products they are selling, it’s vital that regulations are strictly adhered to and we gained a real insight into how everyone plays a part in ensuring the high standards are maintained at all times.”

Recognised for its celebrity-endorsed sales, food hall and signature green bags, Harrods is one of the world's largest and most famous department stores which attracts 15 million customers every year.

Anyone interested in studying courses in the School of Architecture and Built Environment should visit the next Open Day on Saturday 18th June 2016 or check out the range of courses on the website: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/about-us/our-schools-and-institutes/faculty-of-science-and-engineering/school-of-architecture-and-built-environment/

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Date Issued: 8th June 2016

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