Macdonald Hotels in the North West have introduced a new
apprentice scheme for young people to kick start their careers in
The Macdonald Hotels Hospitality Academy will guide young people
on a fast-track 'The Apprentice' style training course over 12
Marie Pollock, Training and Development Manager for Macdonald
Hotels & Resorts, said: "There are high numbers of young people
not in education, employment or training. However, the hotel
industry offers a superb career for those with a hard-working
The youngsters aged 16 - 18 were interviewed and shortlisted to
a final selection. They will be put through their paces in real
life hotel scenarios in every department from catering to
housekeeping and reception.
Trainees can then select the area of the hotel industry they
would like to concentrate on and achieve a Level 2 Apprenticeship
in Hospitality qualification.
"Our training is very thorough and provides the foundation to a
great career in hospitality so we look for apprentices with
enthusiasm, personality and most of all, a great work ethic."
5 hotels are involved in the scheme including Macdonald
Manchester Hotel & Spa, Macdonald Manchester Townhouse Hotel,
Macdonald Tickled Trout in Preston and Macdonald Kilhey Court in
Abigail Green Morris, aged 17 from Manchester is one of the
young people involved in the scheme.
She said: "I love working as part of a team and really enjoy
providing amazing customer service so Macdonald Hotels feels like
the perfect match for me.
"I could have chosen to go to university but I am ready for the
world of work and this way I can learn all the skills I need for my
chosen profession while on the job.
"We have the opportunity to try out food and beverage, front of
house and housekeeping, so by the end of nine months I'll have a
really good idea of what I am passionate about.
"I enjoy coaching hockey, so I can't wait to take these skills
and become a great manager in the hotel industry and help more
young people progress in their careers in the future."
Macdonald Hotels has 13 hotels in the North West, each with its
own unique style and individual character and were recently awarded
AA Hotel Group of the Year 2013/2014.