Primetime BBC television series The One Show and celebrity presenter Sally Phillips showcased the success of Aurora Group’s Foxes Academy and Foxes Hotel at equipping young adults with learning disabilities for hospitality work.
Foxes is the UK’s only training hotel for young adults with learning disabilities and 83% of its graduates go straight into work. This compares to a national average of about 6%.
Sally, who appeared in Bridget Jones’ films and has a teenage son with Down’s Syndrome, said: “Meeting Olivia and the other graduates and seeing what they’ve achieved through hard work and determination really fills me with hope for my Olly’s future.”
The BBC followed recent graduate Olivia, who has Down’s Syndrome, in her role as a food and beverage assistant at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel. Cameras also captured the moment that she collected the ‘Unsung Hero’ award at the Bristol Hoteliers Association’s annual Night of the Stars award ceremony.
Sally met third-year learner Tom, who also has Down’s Syndrome. He said Foxes’ training is the reason for his strong vocational knowledge and personal confidence. Tom told Sally it is very important to him for his future that he goes on to secure paid work.
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Foxes Academy was featured on BBC1’s The One Show on 14 February 2019. The episode is available for up to 30 days after broadcast by following this link http://bit.ly/FoxesAurora