This month 40 apprentices from across Scotland received a warm welcome from David Guile, Chief Executive of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts as they celebrated 'graduation' within the hotel-groups Modern Apprenticeship (MA) programme.  

Established in December 2010 with an initial intake of 80 through a contract with Skills Development Scotland, the apprentices, all full-time employees of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, follow a structured rolling programme.  This is directly linked to the standards set by the UK's largest privately owned hotel group. 

At any one time, the hotel group runs approximately 60 apprenticeships at various levels (1-3) and all for individuals aged from 17-years old.  On successful completion of their 12-18 month long training, graduates receive a nationally recognised award which reflects their skills and level of competence within their chosen role from food and beverage to housekeeping and front office.

David Guile commented: "Macdonald Hotels & Resorts is committed to providing the highest standards of product and service.  From front of house to food and beverage and back office functions, we are passionate about providing the highest possible standards of training and career development and rewarding those individuals who wish to improve their skills and excel in hospitality.

"We are extremely proud of our apprentices, who have worked extremely hard within their hotels to earn the right to graduate with invaluable skills and recognised industry qualifications. 

Caroline Bellenger, HR Director of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, added: "Since we initiated the programme two years ago, the modern apprenticeship programme has had a positive impact across the group.  This includes staff retention, increasing self confidence, maximising opportunities for personal development and further enhancing the quality of customer care.  Moreover, the scheme has provided a clear career path for those who commence at Level 2, with approximately 16 gaining a supervisory position following graduation."