Warwick Conferences has teamed up with Stratford-upon-Avon College to offer six youngsters a year-long apprenticeship at its collection of training and conference venues.
Following an assessment day at the venue complex in Coventry, six were chosen from 60 applicants by a panel of to work in various roles within the organisation for 12 months.
Three of the apprentices selected will carry out a chef apprenticeship and receive mentoring from Executive Development Chef, Graham Crump. The other three will take it in turns to work in each department of the business, including housekeeping, reception, restaurant, conference assistance and kitchen.
The apprentices will work four days per week at Warwick Conferences’ Arden, Scarman and Radcliffe venues, and their fifth day will be spent at Stratford College working towards their NVQ.
Richard Harrison, General Manager at Warwick Conferences (pictured), says: “We are proud to be working in partnership with Stratford-upon-Avon College in our new practical apprenticeship scheme.
“We wanted to offer young people a bespoke, applied, hands-on and genuinely life-changing opportunity where they spend a year building on their knowledge of the meetings and conference industry, developing their skills, and preparing themselves for the world of work.
“Apprentices are hugely important to our industry and, as a collection of meetings and events venues in the UK, we feel it is our responsibility to encourage and harness this future talent.
“Our people are at the heart of our business and well-trained front of house teams and chefs are critical to the success of the service that we offer. The quality of this scheme certainly reflects this.”
Peter Young, a Manager at Stratford-upon-Avon College, adds: “We are delighted to be working with Warwick Conferences on this project. The young people involved will receive excellent training, both in the workplace and at college.”
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