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Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa recently celebrated the success of trainees from Falkirk Council's Pre Apprenticeship Programme. Seven 16 and 17 year old Council funded trainees have experienced life at the hotel for 26 weeks, with additional training commissioned from Positive Qualities Ltd. The Programme enables trainees to develop professional skills aimed at nurturing hospitality talent in youngsters who were previously unemployed, with little or no experience of the world of work.

Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa, part of the UK's largest privately owned hotel group was approached earlier this year to pilot the collaboration between Falkirk Council and Positive Qualities Ltd, Grangemouth. The Council were keen that youngsters would have a range of opportunities available to them across different hotel departments such as conference and banqueting, housekeeping, leisure, and catering to help determine a future career direction..

Brett Ingle, General Manager at Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa, commented: "All seven trainees have been committed to this scheme from day one. They have integrated well within our team at the hotel and have all made brilliant progress.

"We've been so impressed we're now hoping to offer them all paid positions, and to support them in completing a Modern Apprenticeship."

Leigh Ann Jackson, Employment and Training Co-ordinator at Falkirk Council, said: "Friday is all about celebrating the success of the Programme. We're delighted by how well our first intake of trainees have done, training in a variety of areas within the hotel. Skills have been developed in communication, team work, time management and customer service. The seven trainees have worked hard to achieve their Bronze Employability Award, a great platform for this approach to grow sustainably."

Liz Hoskin, Chief Radiator at Positive Qualities Ltd, added: "We are pleased to have worked with Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa and Falkirk Council on this pilot scheme. Based on the success of the first seven trainees we look forward to discussing with Falkirk Council the opportunity to get involved in a further Programme from January 2013."

The Bronze Employability Award with additional training from Positive Qualities Ltd is made available to young people through funding committed by Falkirk Council as part of Backing Falkirk's Future..

Located in the heart of central Scotland just 30 minutes from Edinburgh, the 4-star hotel nestled within 44 acres of serene grounds underwent an extensive £4 million refurbishment in 2011.