Nine young people who are currently on the Scottish Apprenticeship in Hospitality programme enjoyed working alongside some of the country’s top Head Chefs at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow. [Friday 4 September]
The Scottish Apprenticeship in Hospitality is an industry-led programme that provides world-class training across all aspects of the modern hotel industry. It’s aimed at young people who are committed to forging a future career within the hospitality industry.
Robert Allan, HR Director for Apex Hotels said: “We’re keen to promote the Scottish Apprenticeship in Hospitality as an opportunity for school-leavers to enter the hospitality industry. They not only earn industry-recognised qualifications but also gain invaluable real world, on-the-job experience and knowledge that will stand them in good stead.”
Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland gave the young people the opportunity of a lifetime.
The nine honed their skills at the annual POETS Lunch (Push Off Early Tomorrow’s Saturday) - one of the Scottish hospitality industry’s key annual events. The star-studded event featuring The Bay City Rollers and Tam Cowan as MC, gave the apprentices the opportunity to gain valuable experience in working at a large-scale hospitality function.
David Cochrane, CEO for HIT Scotland said: “We’re delighted that these very enthusiastic apprentices supported us to deliver this event for senior members of Scotland’s hospitality industry. It fits our ethos as a Scottish based charity – our mission is to assist people to achieve their potential within Scottish hospitality. I’m sure they will remember it as a highlight as they work through their apprenticeships and their careers.”
One of the apprentices, Jamie-lee McKenzie (17), who currently works at the Blythswood Hotel said: “Some of the experiences I have had so far include meeting lots of important people in this industry. I’m delighted about the opportunity - working with some of the country’s best chefs at the POETS Lunch and I’ve many more experiences to come.”
SAH is delivered in partnership between The Gleneagles Hotel, Cameron House Hotel, the Townhouse Collection, Apex Hotels, and Diageo Learning for Life – as well as training partners Skills Development Scotland, Training Matters and the Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland.