Crerar Hotel Group has, as a result of the brand-new Early Careers Programme, given 18 candidates aged 16 to 24 the chance to complete a two-year course. The initiative – which features a Future Hotelier Apprenticeship and Culinary Apprenticeship – is billed as allowing participants to gain on-the-job training and experience, plus “a host of new skills and the foundations for a successful career in hospitality”. The group, which has eight four- and- five-star hotels in Scotland, added that the programme complements its Crerar Hotels Academy, which works to help young people gain a foothold in hospitality.

Laura Dunphy, director of learning and development at Crerar Hotel Group, said: “These apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain hands-on experience and industry-recognised qualifications… and are just the first step in driving this new scheme forward. They'll be working alongside experienced professionals in a supportive environment, and by the end of the two years, they'll be well-positioned for successful careers within the Crerar Hotel Group.”

As part of the initiative, the candidates spent two days at Dunkeld House Hotel, where they learned about their future career paths and took part in team-building activities alongside Hervé Bernier, general manager of the hotel, and the group’s chief executive Chris Wayne-Wills.

Wayne-Wills hailed the new Early Careers Programme, adding: “Through our Crerar Hotels Academy, we have produced a wealth of homegrown talent through successful apprenticeship programmes – in fact, we recently celebrated the promotion of apprenticeship graduate Aedan Doig from duty manager to restaurant manager at Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa.

"Aedan joins a long list of candidates who have successfully paved careers with the Crerar Hotel Group, which also includes Chris Chew, hotel manager at the Glencoe Inn and Claire Gardner, deputy general manager at Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa. I’m excited to watch our team grow, and can’t wait to support the journeys of each of our new apprentices through the exciting early stages of their careers.”

By Emma Newlands