The CHME Executive formally reviewed the purpose and future of PATH (the Placement Advisors for Tourism and Hospitality) at the AGM on 29th May 2014.  It is important that CHME provides a vibrant, up to date platform that allows hospitality professionals and providers of higher education level Hospitality programmes to discuss, consider and research employability; work based learning; placements; graduate opportunities and graduate training schemes and other student related activities within this exciting and broad industry.

Crispin Farbrother and Sofia Rebelo, members of the CHME executive committee are actively engaging with educators and hospitality professional to provide the best opportunities for hospitality students.  We welcome new ideas and initiatives to support the aims and objectives.  We welcome the views and opinions of all interested parties.

The name PATH will remain as it is recognised and well respected.  The only change in the re-launch is the Logo will become PaTH

The CHME executive committee are pleased to announce that CHME – PaTH has been through an exciting change process and has a new innovative approach to employer relations and engagement. CHME welcomes all organisations who are working towards improving the relationship between employers and universities for the benefit of students. 

The new purpose for the CHME-PaTH group is to focus on developing positive relationships between HEIs, Hospitality Employers and industry representative bodies, through a number of activities.  2014 will see the launch of four core activities.

(Crispin Farbrother: Past Chair)

Placement Advisors for Tourism & Hospitality (PaTH) will continue to work with universities/colleges and employers to promote, support and develop high quality work placements within tourism, hospitality and related industries.  CHME-PaTH operates for the benefit of students in higher education in the UK and Europe and seeks to provide advice and support to educators and employers who wish to provide work based learning opportunities in their organisations but will now offer new initiatives as outlined below.


The aim of CHME-PaTH is to

provide a platform which allows hospitality professionals and providers of higher education level hospitality programmes to discuss, consider and research  a range of contemporary issues for the benefit of all parties but primarily the student.


  1. Promote effective and beneficial links between the hospitality business and education.
  2. Promote and disseminate good practice in learning, teaching and assessment and in programme and curriculum development supporting graduate employability.
  3. Promote and disseminate research and scholarship which informs and enhances curriculum development and approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in work-based learning.
  4. Promote and disseminate research and scholarship which informs work based learning practices in tourism and hospitality organisations.


  1. Annual conference

From 2015 the conference will be integrated with the CHME Research Conference in Manchester.The conference brings together educators and employers from the UK and abroad and provides a fantastic networking forum as well as an opportunity for discussing good practice in work based learning.

More details concerning the CHME-PaTH conference at Manchester 2015 are available on the conference website   

The event is fully supported by the Manchester Metropolitan University and local hospitality professionals who have already committed to demonstrate  examples of best practice.

  1. Power Breakfasts

In order to maximise benefits CHME-PaTH will be coordinating a number of Power Breakfasts across CHME membership areas.  The Power Breakfast s are planned to be short, high impact meetings between employers and universities in order to share best practice and develop positive local and national relationships.   These meetings can of course include local hospitality associations and IoH branches.

  1. Regional evening annual talk.

The idea is to meet and develop positive relationships between HEIs, Hospitality Employers and industry representative bodies.

CHME members will feedback on the outcomes of the events


Cardiff Metropolitan University hosts an annual dinner once a year.  The head chef from a Cardiff hotel works with the undergraduate students to prepare, cook and serve a dinner for invited guests from local schools, colleges, professional bodies and hospitality professionals from hospitality, tourism and events businesses.

2013  November  Hilton Hotel Head Chef

2014  November  St Davids Hotel Head Chef

  1. Placement managers contact details

CHME offers an External Examiners register.  We will invite placement managers and administrators to register their details to enable networking, share best practice.

Good Practice Guidelines for Work Placement

A set of Guidelines for the operation of work placements has been available for a number of years and is still relevant today.  Work placement requires a strong commitment from the three key partners: the student, the employer and the educator.  This leaflet which is freely available on the CHME website summarises what each of the partners needs to think about if nof educators and employers with many years of experience in operating work placement, and on the feedback of students who have participated in work placement as part of their course.  Click here to access the Good Practice Guidelines. To get a copy of the PaTH Good Practice Leaflet, click here.

Other resources and training

Information about these activities will be publicised on the CHME website as they become available. 

Past conference themes have addressed topical issues such as:

•           'Profitable Partnerships: adding value through quality work placements' (Oxford 2006);

•           'International Issues in Work Experience: A Key Focus for Hospitality and Tourism' (Liverpool 2007);

•           '2020 Vision: tourism and hospitality work placements fit for the 21st century?' (Dublin 2008)

•           'Investing in talent for a positive future: the role of hospitality & tourism work placements' (Edinburgh 2009)

•           'Adding real value to businesses: hospitality & tourism work placements' (London 2010)

Please contact Isabell R Hodgson- CHME Coordinator for all queries relating to CHME-PaTH