A York hotel is helping an Italian comic shop owner write the next chapter in his working.
Dario Valleti – who was forced to shut his business after dwindling sales and competition from on-line book stores – has been the learning the food and beverage ropes at the Best Western Monkbar Hotel, after being accepted on to an EU-funded scheme.
The forty-year-old, from Pavia, will spend a total of three-months working in the 99-bedroom hotel’s restaurant and learning the skills need to become a manager.
“I had run my comic shop for many years but sadly I had to close. I just could not compete with the internet, and the youngsters in Pavia are more interested in mobile phones and scooters.
“Thanks to an EU scheme, which helps people get back in to work, I am spending 12 weeks in the Monkbar Hotel.
“It is teaching me new skills, helping me improve my English, and hopefully will enable me to get a full-time job in the UK when I finish.”
Best Western Monkbar Hotel general manager Graham Usher said:
“Dario is proving to be a very good worker, and he’s very popular with colleagues and customers alike.
“Learning a new career is never easy – particularly in a foreign country – but in the short time he has been with us, Dario has learned a great deal and I’m confident he won’t have any problem finding a job.”