The first half dozen students at the Know Hospitality Academy in Liverpool are nearing graduation and a second group is about to start the 10-week training course.
The current group of 16-18-year-olds began their training in early August at the Academy’s Grade II Listed Richmond Hotel Liverpool on Hatton Garden.
Know Hospitality is working in partnership with hospitality and national training provider Kaplan Skills and Employment to deliver the new internships.
Liverpool City Region’s visitor economy now supports over 49,000 jobs and generates income in excess of £3.8bn – of which hospitality plays a vital role.
Students have spent the first two weeks in the classroom studying food hygiene, functional skills in English and Maths, additional work-based skills such as improving communications skills; producing a CV; and taking part in mock interviews.
A graduation ceremony will take place at The Richmond Hotel Liverpool on 8 October with the successful interns taking up apprenticeship.
The next group of interns is scheduled to start on 28 September.
One of the students, Warren Kilcourse, said: “I’d encourage other young people to really take an opportunity like this when it comes along. I thought I was never going to get anywhere until this opportunity was given to me.”
Danielle Kershaw, National Traineeships Manager for Kaplan, said the partnership with the Know Hospitality group is a clear demonstration of how innovative collaboration with employers on Skills Funding Agency-funded traineeships is of benefit to all involved, “and will ultimately offer the best results for young people seeking the first step in their career”.
Steven Hesketh, MD of The Richmond Hotel Liverpool and Treasurer of Liverpool Hoteliers Association, added: “It’s been a fantastic start for the Know Hospitality Academy with a small but extremely dedicated group of young people.
“Places are limited for the next programme. This is an excellent opportunity to begin what can become a lifelong career. We want to meet tomorrow’s hospitality stars today.”