The onrush for the 24th Taster Camp was huge, but due to limited spaces, only 25 participants were able to travel to the Saanenland to gain a better understanding of the hotel and catering trade.
"Because there were so many applications for the Adelboden spring camp, we took the spontaneous decision to offer a trial camp in the autumn," said Annette Köchli-Stoffel from HotellerieSuisse Bernese Oberland. All in all, 140 applications were received, but only 25 young people could be offered places. "Above all, we’d like to give those who are keen but haven’t yet decided a chance to get to know one of the five professions they can follow in the hospitality or hotel industry," explains Elian Schmid from HotellerieSuisse.
HOKO is new
Between the 27-30 of October, the teenagers looked into professionals hotel occupations, including catering professional, chef/cook, purchaser, hotel-gastro-tourism specialist and hotel communication specialist. Above all, this last profession, ‘HOKO’, the nickname for hotel communication, is very popular.
According to the two ladies from HotellerieSuisse, training as a HOKO is definitely worthwhile both for the training company and trainees. Based on those in the trade from Valais and Grisons, HOKO specialists show a high level of industry loyalty, with many career opportunities.
Great enthusiasm from young people
The teens who participated in the taster camp enjoyed it immensely. "I’ve made lots of friends with the other participants and employees too. I’d seriously think about to moving to Saanenland for an apprenticeship”, said Diego Pechtold, who comes from Baselland. Both he and Aude Jutzet from Marly tried out HOKO and found that the contact with guests, the diversity and teamwork were particularly rewarding.
In good spirits
The base for the trial camp was the hotel Les Hauts de Gstaad & Spa. Of course, work was the main focus, but having fun and getting to know the destination were also important. Schmid said: "The mood lifted even more when we went to the golf course with the young people and swam in the indoor pool. We even had a cocktail class and played lottery with appealing prizes.”
Based on AvS/Blanca Burri
Translated by Justine Hewson