Luxury Hotelier rolls out Traineeships

Following the completion of its first successful cohort this month, Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels is set to roll out its Traineeships programme across its portfolio of luxury properties from September 2014.

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels operates its collection in premium locations across London, Heathrow, Guildford and Manchester. The company has been working in partnership with Lifetime Training since January. 

Wendy Menking, Group HR Director of Radisson Blu Edwardian, commented:

“Radisson Blu Edwardian is keen to inspire more young talent to enter the Hospitality industry. Giving young people the opportunity to see if this industry is right for them and to build their career prospects, skills and experience is something we’re absolutely committed to. 

“To make the experience work for young people we’ve created a programme which allows Trainees to stay in one hotel during the course of their Traineeship. Every Trainee is given an overview of each department so they can make informed career choices – whether that comes in the form of a job or Apprenticeship. 

“At this age, young people don’t always know what natural skills they have so it’s important that we help them harness their existing talent and help them align that to a role that suits.” 

The Traineeship lasts 12 weeks and consists of 18 days classroom based learning and 42 days’ work placement in which each Trainee experiences the kitchen, housekeeping, food and beverage, reception and front of house. Each Trainee is paired with a buddy from the Radisson Graduate programme, who they can learn from and share their experiences with, along with a Lifetime Training tutor who facilitates their development. 

Trainee Billie Hood, 17, from Shepherds Bush was selected for the five star Hampshire Hotel in Leicester Square. Her Grandfather used to own a hotel and her Mother still works in the Hospitality industry. Billie likes the idea of becoming a Food & Beverage or Reception Manager: “I want to progress in the company. I want to find what I’m good at and gradually step up the career ladder.” 

In the meantime Charlotte Charles, 18, from Rotherhithe in London has had a great experience at The May Fair Hotel: “Hospitality sounded an interesting prospect but I needed some training. I knew that if I worked hard I could work my way up so why not start off with a Traineeship and learn from the ground up? It just means you’ll add more value in the long run. 

“I’ve enjoyed everything so far; seeing how it all works. Even the smallest of tasks was eye opening. I think it’s been extremely important for me personally to experience a little bit of everything.” 

Lucy Anderson, Head of Pre-Employment, Lifetime Training, commented:

“The team has worked tirelessly to create a programme that truly delivers for both the employer and the Trainee. This is a landmark Traineeship and one that I hope will gain the reputation it deserves for its quality of work-based training and calibre of candidates.”

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