Hilton Worldwide apprentice visits Downing Street

Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to creating opportunities for young people in the hospitality industry was recognised by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, at a reception to mark National Apprenticeship Week at 10 Downing Street last week.

Michael O’Sullivan, Food & Beverage apprentice at Hilton London Euston accompanied Simon Vincent, area president, EMEA to the function attended by many of these leading Trailblazer employers across a range of sectors along with George Osborne and Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock.

Ben Bengougam, vice president, human resources, Europe, Hilton Worldwide, said:

"We are proud of the immense contribution our young apprentices make to our business and regard the standard of training we provide through our Apprenticeship academy as exemplary.  We are delighted to see this recognised by the government in their decision to make Hilton Worldwide the Trailblazer Apprenticeship Lead Employer for Tourism and Hospitality and look forward to working as a Trailblazer to promote careers in this thriving industry."

The event was staged as this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, a celebration of the positive impact of apprenticeships on young people, businesses and the UK economy drew to a close.  Hilton Worldwide apprentices at hotels up and down the country have taken part in a range of activities to mark the occasion.  Michael, 22, from Cricklewood, North London is participating in a job swap with general manager Mark Roth who looks after the Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties at both London Euston and London Paddington.

Michael said:

“I’ve been lucky with many of the opportunities I’ve been given as part of my apprenticeship with Hilton Worldwide.  The training I’ve received both on and off the job has been beneficial and enjoyable and as part of this week’s job swap I think I’ve been able to teach Mark a thing or two in return!  I’d encourage anyone thinking about taking an apprenticeship to grab the chance, it’s not just about having a job it’s the skills you develop which set you up for a lifelong career.”

Elsewhere, Hilton Worldwide has run events across the UK to mark National Apprenticeship Week.  Further Hilton Apprentices have taken over the running of their hotels at Hilton Croydon and Hilton Avisford Park.  In Scotland both Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor and Hilton Strathclyde have welcomed school students into their hotels to offer expert training from their Executive chefs and Food & beverage teams.  Apprentices at Hilton Coventry were invited to stay at the hotel as mystery shoppers throughout the week in order to cast their full eye over the running of the hotel.

Hilton Worldwide’s Apprenticeship Academy has been running since 2012 and sees the company partnering with Lifetime Training, one of the UK’s top apprenticeship and training providers. Participants receive the opportunity to train with Hilton Worldwide through one of five 12-month apprenticeships. This includes on-the-job training from professionally qualified experts, onsite mentors, development workshops and master classes, with participants focusing on one of five areas, including professional cookery, front desk, food and beverage service, exercise & fitness and multi-skilled hospitality.

The Hilton Apprenticeship Academy will be welcoming applications for its next intake, with positions available at a range of locations across the UK.  Apprenticeships will commence in late April and anyone interested in this or any other job opportunities at Hilton Worldwide should contact Lifetime.

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