QHotels launched their ‘Get into Q’ apprenticeship campaign last week as part of their commitment to creating 100 new apprenticeships this year and a total of 300 by 2017. QHotels currently boasts 145 apprenticeships across their 26 four star hotels.
In recognition of the success of their existing apprentices, a celebratory event was held at The Stratford Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, on Friday 18th March 2016. The event recognised both Kitchen and Front of House Apprentices from the local area and was attended by Mr Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford on Avon. As an entrepreneur and founder of the leading market research company YouGov, Mr Zahawi was impressed with the opportunities QHotels were offering.
Apprentices produced and delivered afternoon tea whilst engaging with Mr Zahawi, QHotels, The Springboard Charity and senior representatives from Stratford-upon-Avon College.
Mr Nadhim Zahawi, MP, commented; “It was great to visit The Stratford Hotel and speak to some of QHotel’s impressive apprentices. Apprenticeships are a great way for both young people who gain experience working in a real job, earning a wage while learning new skills, and for businesses as a way of securing a skilled workforce for the future. I would urge everyone to look into whether an apprenticeship is right for them, or whether apprentices are right for their business.”
One apprentice who has reaped the rewards of QHotel’s apprenticeship programme is Chloe Gardner who is completing a Professional Cookery Level 3 course, whilst employed at QHotel’s Stratford Manor. In between helping to prepare the afternoon tea, Chloe commented, “A lot people when they leave school start jobs where they don’t learn anything. The reason I love my apprenticeship is that they don’t throw you in the deep end; you get a lot of lessons and support. I love cooking, I get paid for it, and I’m learning the skills I need to grow my career. Starting my apprenticeship was the best decision I’ve made.”
The event was part of the ninth annual National Apprenticeship Week which took place from 14th – 18th March 2016 alongside hundreds of events nationwide. National Apprentice Week was co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and was designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals and businesses.
Lisa Redding, Group Resourcing Manager at QHotels said, “We were thrilled to launch our new campaign during National Apprenticeship Week. We supported 30 events across England during the week and spoke to potential apprentices and their parents about the benefits of apprenticeships. Moreover, to have been endorsed by Mr Zahawi, who has experience in both business and politics, assures us that our efforts are valued and moving in the right direction.”
QHotels are a business partner of The Springboard Charity. The Springboard Charity works with the hospitality industry and supports people of all ages and backgrounds into sustainable employment. Geoffrey Roe, Business Relations Manager from The Springboard Charity said, “We’re thrilled to be working with QHotels who have made a strong commitment to future apprenticeships. We’re pleased to support them with opportunities to provide people with sustainable employment in hospitality and we will continue to promote the industry as a great place to work.”
The QHotels ‘Get into Q’ apprenticeship programme aims to offer a quality introduction to the hospitality industry, offering a real opportunity for work experience whilst providing a viable alternative to full-time education in a thoroughly vibrant industry. In addition to the apprenticeship training, QHotels offers bespoke ‘masterclass’ training as well as enhanced pay rates, which highlights them as a quality apprenticeship provider.