A NORTH-east hospitality apprenticeship scheme will go ahead this year – despite coronavirus having a devastating impact on the sector.
The Hospitality Apprentice North East (HANE) – is now open to applications for the September 2020 intake of young adults who want to take their first steps in the world of hospitality.
The programme, which saw its first intake of apprentices in September 2019, aims to find the next generation of industry professionals. The 18-month, paid apprenticeship leads to SVQ level 5 on completion and apprentices are paid at the national minimum wage for their age rather than at the lower national apprenticeship rate.
The scheme was created by the industry to provide a structured entry and career path for future leaders. It is funded by Opportunity North East (ONE), Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and the participating hotels, and is delivered by Training Matters.
Participating hotels include Meldrum House, Jurys Inn Aberdeen Airport, The Chester Hotel, Maryculter House, The Fife Arms, The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa and Douneside.
Douneside House is the ancestral home of the MacRobert family and The MacRobert Trust is also supporting the 2020 apprenticeship with a £5,000 donation.
Jennifer Craw, Opportunity North East chief executive, said: “Hospitality is an essential element of our visitor economy in north-east Scotland.
“We must look ahead and invest in its recovery.”
The bespoke 18-month programme gives participants experience in four areas of hotel operation – housekeeping, reception, food and beverage and kitchen.
Stephen Gow, HANE chairman and The Chester Hotel general manager, said: “The hoteliers involved in the programme are all keen to demonstrate their commitment to providing a route into our sector for young people.
“It’s important for us all in the north-east to demonstrate that the first rung of the hospitality career ladder is definitely not broken due to Coronavirus this year.”