Cheshire East Council has joined forces with the De Vere Academy of Hospitality to offer local 16-24 year olds not in education, employment or training the chance to work in the hotel and catering industry.
Yesterday afternoon saw the official launch of a Hospitality Academy at the DeVere Hotel, Wychwood Park, near Crewe.
With support from Cheshire East Council’s Economic Recovery Task Group and the National Apprenticeships Service, 73 apprentices are now working towards careers as chefs, hotel managers etc. The apprentices were chosen, by De Vere Academy, on their potential and enthusiasm rather than educational qualifications or experience.
The Academy opened its doors to the first group of apprentices earlier this month. The second intake will begin their training on November 15 and the third on January 24, 2011.
The apprentices are paid the national rate of around £100 per week and all are provided with a uniform and their meals during the course. The target group of beneficiaries are those young people not in education, employment or training.
Cheshire East Council Mayor, Gordon Baxendale, attended the launch along with local MP, Edward Timpson.
Cheshire East Councillor, Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has a passion for the hotel or catering industry. This course is about gaining a vocational qualification and learning essential life skills.
“I hope all the apprentices go on to enjoy successful and fulfilling careers in these industries. This is about recruiting local, talented people and helping them reach their potential. Adding to the skilled workforce here in Cheshire East can only benefit the local economy in the long-term.”
Photo – Apprentices Jess Joinson, 19, from Nantwich and James Buchannan, 18, from Crewe pictured with Mayor of Cheshire East, Councillor Gordon Baxendale at the launch of the new Academy of Hospitality.