QHotels has been awarded a top industry accolade in the 2017
Caterer.com People Awards, scooping gold in the Emerging Talent
The group, whose 26 four-star hotels across the UK are managed
by Redefine|BDL Hotels
(RBH), picked up the coveted award for its impressive
apprenticeship scheme and its efforts engaging with schools,
colleges and universities across the UK and Europe to drive young
talent into the business.
RBH - the UK's leading independent hotel management company -
which has recently assumed management of the QHotels portfolio, was
shortlisted in the Employer Branding Campaign and Learning and
The awards are organised by hospitality recruitment specialists
Caterer.com and celebrate the very best programmes in hospitality
recruitment, retention and development. The winners were
announced at a glittering ceremony at Park Plaza Westminster,
QHotels was recognised for its 'Get into Q' apprenticeship
programme, which launched in 2016 and has recruited 138 apprentices
to date across a range of specialist areas, such as operational
management, maintenance, accounts, food and beverage and spa.
In addition, QHotels' Professional Hospitality Operations
Management programme - awarded by the University College Birmingham
- is the first qualification of its type to be provided by a UK
The group has also undertaken over 400 school, college and
international work experience placements in the past year, with 80
young people securing employment at QHotels following their
Lisa Redding, Group Resourcing Manager at QHotels, said: "Being
recognised in this way is testament to the work we've done to bring
talented young people into our business.
"Our objective is to continuously improve training and
development opportunities across the group, which is why our 'Get
into Q' apprenticeship programme is designed to introduce young
people to sustainable employment in hospitality and promote the
industry as a great place to work."
Neil Pattison, Sales Director for Caterer.com said: "The
landscape of the hospitality industry changes each year and
recruiting and retaining the best talent remains a challenge. Our
amazing winners demonstrated determination, ingenuity and
invention, not only in finding new ways to recruit, but also in
developing skills and very importantly, adapting to an
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