Warwick Conferences’ apprentice scheme has had a hugely successful first year, and the next band of selected recruits have begun the second instalment of the training programme.
Participants in the apprenticeship—partnered with Stratford-upon-Avon college—spend four days a week gaining valuable hands-on experience at Warwick Conferences’ facilities, and one day a week working towards an NVQ at Stratford college.
Each apprentice also receives a mentor from their department and is encouraged to attend regular meetings and skills workshops to ensure their employability is maximised by the time they complete the scheme.
Sam Bagworth was one of the apprentices who graduated in August. Sam impressed his managers so much over the course of the year that he has been offered a permanent position at the Conference Park.
My time at Warwick Conferences has definitely provided me with an invaluable insight into the meeting and conferencing industry. The varied and relevant experience that I have gained over the past year is testament to the quality of the scheme on offer. I now feel prepared and excited about beginning my career at Warwick Conferences.”
A look ahead to the next cohort
Last month the scheme welcomed a group of new starters, selected from around 80 applicants following an assessment day and panel interviews with Warwick staff.
The successful candidates for 2013/14 have undertaken chef apprenticeships working on award-winning menus, or rotations where they will work in each department of the business, including housekeeping, reception, restaurant, conference assistance and the kitchen.
Richard Harrison, General Manager at Warwick Conferences’ Scarman House said:
We are delighted to see that the first year of the apprentice scheme has been such a success and how our first participants have risen to the challenge. Apprentices are absolutely essential to the growth of the meetings and conferences industry, and Warwick Conferences is dedicated to nurturing and encouraging its future talent.
It is therefore paramount that our apprentice scheme provides a comprehensive and applicable training programme to ensure that our apprentices graduate stood in good stead for their futures – and for the future of the industry. We wish our first apprentices the very best of luck in their careers, and look forward to working with the next cohort.”