Elite Hotels calls for budding hoteliers to join 2017 management programme

Luton Hoo

Elite Hotels has now opened the application process for its 2017 management training programme and is calling for budding hoteliers to get involved.

The independent hotel group, which owns and operates four hotels around the UK, is on the hunt for motivated and enthusiastic people working or studying in hospitality to join its training management programme, which is now in its fifth year.

Each trainee will be given 20 months of mentoring from members of senior management across the group’s four hotels: Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club in East Sussex, Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa in Bedfordshire, Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens in Hampshire and The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne.

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The programme is divided into a number of departmental phases, with the time spent in each flexible according to previous experience and where each trainee wants to specialise.

The core modules across the kitchens, restaurants, bars, lounge, conference & banqueting, events sales, reception, concierge, nights, reservations, housekeeping, laundry, accounts and duty management ensure trainees receive the breadth of training and experience they need.

People of all ages can apply, including students studying hospitality and catering at college or university and existing Elite employees looking to take the next step in their careers.

The Elite Management Trainee Programme recruits up to six new trainees each year and, on successful completion of the programme, the trainees will be offered interviews with the General Managers of one or more of the Elite Hotels for entry level management positions.

16 trainees have taken part in the scheme to date and all graduates were offered permanent positions on completion.

Graeme Bateman, managing director of the Elite Hotel Group said: “Encouraging training and development among staff is one of Elite’s core values and the Trainee Management Programme has been designed to give enthusiastic hospitality individuals a chance to develop their skills, learn from senior managers and forge a successful career for themselves within the Elite Hotel Group. We are passionate about internal progression and it is our belief that developing new managers from within empowers them to increase their contribution to our success, while enabling them to achieve their long-term career goals.”

Applications to the Elite Management Trainee Programme close on 3 March. An assessment day will be held in April and the programme will commence in September.

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