Leading hotelier and vacation ownership specialists Marriott have launched their first Marriott Culinary Apprenticeship Academy in the UK for budding chefs.
The programme will offer young people a viable career in the culinary and hospitality industry through its apprenticeship scheme, and Marriott will train fifteen young apprentices to NVQ level 2 on its 18-month long programme.
The plan is to increase the number to thirty apprentices next year and every apprentice who successfully completes the course will be guaranteed a position as a commis chef in a Marriott Hotel in Britain.
“With the youth unemployment figure in the UK at nearly one million, we recognise the need to open up opportunities to people and ensure they have the training and support they need to help them excel in their careers,” said Bridgett Price, chief human resources officer for Marriott International in Europe.
“With exciting development and growth opportunities within our hotels in Europe comes the need for skilled people to take the hospitality industry forward.
She added, “The big drive for us is making young people aware of the opportunities we can offer and showing them that this is an exciting industry with real career progression.”
The MCAA is part of a career initiative driven by Marriott International in Europe to make sure that young people have the opportunity for a prosperous future.
Marriott is well known for its outreach programmes. Marriott International also works with The Prince’s Trust and SOS Children’s Villages to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds reach their full potential by providing life skills and vocational opportunities.
Through “World of Opportunity,” Marriott International’s 280 hotels across Europe fundraise, volunteer, and facilitate in-kind donations to sponsor and support educational and employability programmes run by the two charitable partners to help tackle youth unemployment..