Down in the Cotswolds graduate training stirs

New Cotswold Conference Centre (CCC) MD, Mark Philip-Sorensen, claims an increase in
revenues and reports an increase in demand for graduate recruitment-based
training courses.

CCC Head of Sales, Nick Akerman, cites several new client programmes,
including one from Assystem UK which has taken on a record number
of graduates this year. G4S Care and Justice have also launched new graduate
intake programmes at the centre.

Head of Human Resources at Assystem
UK, Ashley Clulow, said: “A five-star
hotel would not have been applicable for our graduate training course – the
learning environment would be completely wrong”, describing his company’s
programme as too boisterous and muddy for an hotel.

Akerman believes it is important young graduates get the right first
impression about their employer’s culture and that “hotels need to be all things
to all men and therefore can’t guarantee a dedicated business environment
throughout the stay”.

The CCC, which sits on the Farncombe Estate, was
recently awarded a Silver Business Tourism Award at the annual Heart of England
Regional Tourism Awards and work has begun on a £3.5m new build project which
will see 32 more rooms coming on stream by the end of
2011.

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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