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Boutique hotel brand in Cheltenham seeking apprentices for recognised scheme

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Written by: Sophie Flowers | Posted 25 August 2017 14:31

Boutique hotel brand in Cheltenham seeking apprentices for recognised scheme

Apprentices are being recruited by boutique hotel brands Malmaison and Hotel du Vin in Cheltenham. 

The hotels have announced that 100 apprentices have graduated from its apprenticeship programme in the last 18 months, and now the brand is extending the range of apprenticeships it offers over the next year.

The group is dedicated to attracting new talent into the industry, with 75 apprenticeship opportunities currently available, ranging from management to chef to front of house roles. These programmes offer a range of nationally recognised and transferrable qualifications, and are available for entry level roles right up to level three supervisory roles.

There's both a Malmaison and Hotel du Vin based in Chelteham, which are looking for chef apprentices and food and beverage apprentices. 

"Exciting career opportunities"

Lindsay Southward, Group People Development Director, said: “It’s increasingly important for the industry to make young people aware of the varied and exciting career opportunities available in the hospitality industry. Here at Malmaison Hotel du Vin, we ensure that both existing and new talent have access to a range of courses regardless of their level, to enable them to develop their professional career – whether that be with us or in the industry - and apprenticeships are a big part of that and will continue to help grow our already extensive training directory and fulfil our goal of becoming an academy.”

The group also plans to offer level five qualifications in 2018 for those looking to further progress their careers at head office level. In addition, Malmaison and Hotel du Vin is planning to roll out a range of new and exciting apprenticeship courses over the next few months, including roles in Spa & Beauty, Events Management, Sales and Marketing, Finance, HR and IT.

Opinion: "I am proud to have been an apprentice"

The hospitality industry is the fourth largest industry in the UK, delivering over £1.4 billion to the UK economy. Research from The Caterer found that there are over 400,000 unemployed 16-24 year olds in the UK looking for work but unsure of the career opportunities available to them. Through its apprenticeship programme Malmaison Hotel du Vin aims to attract those individuals looking for an alternative to higher education, and demonstrate the rewarding career opportunities the hospitality industry can offer.

Jamie Brookes has seen first-hand the benefits of the Malmaison Hotel du Vin chef apprenticeship programme.

He said: “After receiving my A-Levels, I left school and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I went traveling with friends and while aboard, I discovered that I had a love of cooking. When I returned to the UK, I knew I wanted to work in a kitchen and secured a number of small roles, although none fulfilled my passion for learning. I joined the Hotel du Vin Harrogate team in 2016 and within three months was put forward for a role of the Malmaison Hotel du Vin Chef Apprenticeship Programme. I was thrilled and quickly accepted the opportunity. I felt I was moving in the right direction, I enjoyed my job, my team and having the opportunity to create fresh food with bold flavours.”

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