Cairn Group launches new apprenticeship programme to champion hospitality careers

Cairn Group launches Cairn Academy

Leisure operator Cairn Group has launched its own training programme to create apprenticeships and help encourage more people into a career in hospitality.

The Cairn Academy will offer apprenticeships across the group’s UK-wide hotel portfolio for people at different stages in their careers and is being supported by Lifetime Training.

An initial cohort of 43 new and existing employees have been enrolled across hotels in the UK, such as Redworth Hall Hotel in County Durham, The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate and The Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, with additional opportunities and materials set to roll out in early 2018.

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Chefs, existing supervisors, heads of department in housekeeping, leisure, reception and maintenance, make up the first batch of employees to take part in the scheme.

The employees are based at the group’s UK hotels and will take part in a 12 to 15 month training programme via a combination of online learning and coaching, with regular visits from a regional trainer and the support of their in house mentor, leading to a recognised qualification at the end of the process.

Cairn Academy will have two intakes per year, with the next group set to enroll in spring 2018.

Richard Adams, HR director at Cairn Group, said: “Since the Apprenticeship Levy came into fruition in April this year, we have been working closely with Lifetime Training to develop an initiative to best support our members of staff keen to grow with the business, and create apprenticeship opportunities to encourage more people to progress their careers in the hospitality industry.”

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