New hotel training scheme is five star

The scheme has been hailed as a success
The scheme has been hailed as a success

Trainees from Falkirk Council’s pre-apprenticeship programme are being put through their paces at one of the district’s top hotels.

And the youngsters are doing so well at the prestigious MacDonald Inchyra Hotel and Spa at Polmont the boss has hinted they could be offered permanent jobs at the end of their course.

The seven teenagers are just over halfway through a 26-week pilot scheme being funded by the council and Positive Qualities Limited of Grangemouth and already earned their bronze Employability Award after learning basic hospitality skills, including conference and banqueting, housekeeping, leisure and catering.

General manager Brett Ingle said: “All seven trainees have been committed to this scheme from day one. They have integrated well within our team at the hotel and all made brilliant progress. We’ve been so impressed we’re now hoping to offer them all paid positions and support them completing their modern apprenticeship.”

The council’s employment and training co-ordinator Leigh Ann Jackson said: “We’re delighted how well our first intake of trainees have done working in a variety of areas within the hotel. Skills have been developed in communication, teamwork, time management and customer service and they have all worked hard.”

Liz Hoskin of Positive Qualities Limited added: “We’re pleased to have been involved with this pilot scheme. Based on the success of the first seven trainees we look forward to discussing with the council the opportunity to get involved in a further programme in 2013.”