A UNIQUE hotel which will offer respite stays and hospitality industry experience for young people with autism and learning difficulties has given its first group of trainees a permanent job.
The Vault, the former River’s Edge Hotel in Gateshead, is transforming the building into a venue which will not only offer hotel breaks but which is also giving those with learning difficulties the opportunity to gets hands-on training in the industry.
The current group of trainees are learning a variety of skills, from manning the reception to preparing food and serving in the hotel’s American style diner.
And now 13 of the group have received the news that they have been waiting for – that they now have a permanent job with The Vault owners, the St Camillus Care Group.
Ten of the trainees will be working at the hotel in jobs which include bar staff, kitchen, reception and as general assistants, while a further three have won posts with Key Developments, the company which is currently carrying out the refurbishment on the property.
“This is exactly what we are here to do,” said Holly Kelleher, Centre Manager at The Vault.
“The trainees are getting valuable training and experience to ensure that they are eventually able to get paid employment in the hospitality industry and to prove they are a real asset to any workforce.
“We are delighted that we have been able to offer so many of them a proper job which will give them even more experience which can only help them going forward.”
The hotel is currently undergoing a major refurbishment and is due to open at the end of May, although Davy Duke’s Diner serves food throughout the day and the hotel function room – which takes up to 120 guests – is also now taking bookings for meetings and functions.
The St Camillus Care Group is also looking at a number of other sites to expand its operation which will offer a range of traineeships and internships for 18 to 24-year-olds with a range of learning difficulties.