Apprenticeship in Hospitality Scotland (AHS) which counts Apex Hotels, The Old Course Hotel, St. Andrews and Cameron House, Loch Lomond among its hotel partners, is increasing its network, so it can nurture, develop and inspire the “next generation” of skilled talent for the Scottish hospitality industry.
Developed to offer an alternative to university, AHS is designed to encourage young people to enter the hospitality industry and start a lifelong career.
AHS said that with the Scottish hospitality industry “facing a staffing crisis” exacerbated by Brexit and Covid-19, there has never been a more “urgent time” to develop talent now and for the future.
Hotels in Scotland are being “urged” to partner with AHS and take on apprentices. Under the two-year modern apprenticeship in hospitality services framework, apprentices spend six months in four key departments and develop key skills.
For the first time, AHS is also expanding its programme to restaurants through its apprenticeship in professional cookery.
Rohaise Rose-Bristow, chair, apprenticeship in Scotland and owner of The Torridon Hotel, said: “Since the programme began in 2014, we have seen 54 apprentices kick-start their careers in hospitality with first-class employers.
“Our apprenticeship programme is a great way to nurture and engage with the next generation of hotel professionals and chefs, and we hope to see a broad range of hospitality businesses across Scotland take this opportunity to become a partner.”