To mark the
10th National Apprenticeship Week and the positive
impact apprenticeships have on individuals and companies, we caught
up with our Group Resourcing Manager, Lisa Redding.
Here's what she had to say about apprenticeships at QHotels and
the training opportunities available for young people.
There has been a huge skills shortage in the hospitality industry
for some time - something which QHotels is addressing by investing
in training and nurturing our employees.
The approach is driven from the top down in our organisation.
Our MD Michael Purtill is extremely passionate about providing
non-traditional routes into the industry and is a great believer
that there's more than one path to a successful career in
We believe that, if we find the right people, with the right
attitude, and provide them with the right opportunities, we can
teach them the necessary skills and expertise to fulfil roles at
all levels within the organisation.
The most important aspect is identifying candidates that have
personality, a natural intuition for customer service and that are
driven and passionate about the industry.
So how do we deliver on this approach? In 2016 we launched our
Get Into Q apprenticeship scheme, with opportunities to work in all
areas of the business, from front of house, to events and food and
We were delighted to be recognised for our successful launch and
approach to apprenticeships, having recently received 'Best
Recruitment Initiative' and 'Education & Industry Partnership'
in the Springboard UK Awards, along with a HR Distinction Award for
Developing Future Talent.
This National Apprenticeship Week, QHotels is involved in over
40 events, supporting schools, colleges, Jobcentres and training
providers to raise the profile of apprenticeships in general, as
well as within QHotels.
Through our different programmes, we have a strong reputation
for the quality of our training and development and, at the same
time, understand the importance of our role in tackling the
industry's skills gaps.
To find out more about the apprenticeships available or to apply
for an apprentice role, visit www.getintoq.co.uk
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