Accor has forged a partnership with education support provider Babcock to further develop its successful apprenticeship scheme which has encompassed 250 people in the last eight years.
This year, the Management Apprenticeship Programme will employ 100 young people (18-24 year olds) giving them on-the-job training and a national qualification: NVQ Level II or NVQ Level III which can be achieved over two years.
"Now more than ever, finding and developing talent is vital to achieving our ambitious growth strategy. This is why we are making this significant investment," said Thomas Dubaere, managing director, Accor UK and Ireland. "Hospitality is a very promising career path. Indeed the vast majority of our senior managers started as trainees at one of our hotels."
With the support of the Accor Foundation, Accor UK launches an ‘In to Work’ programme named "Hospitality Futures" with the charity Springboard. It will offer 25 young unemployed people aged 18-24 a starting job in the hospitality industry. Following a nine week initial course which includes five weeks of classroom training and on-the-job experience.
Philip Addison, human resources Director, Accor UK and Ireland: "Our new approach aims to discover and nurture potential talent from as wide a pool as possible – from teenagers struggling to find employment to graduates from the UK’s best hospitality courses. Our Management Apprenticeship Programme gives young people qualification and training. Hospitality Futures will help young people see their potential for a career in the industry, equip them with the skills to get started, and, most importantly, help to get them a job."