Mint Hotel welcomes College apprentices

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Participating in The Manchester College’s Apprenticeship programme has provided Mint Hotel with a skilled and loyal employee. 18 year old Steven Crowther from Collyhurst was selected by the city centre hotel from five eager work experience students placed with them by the College.

Mint Hotel wanted to recruit an apprentice and contacted The Manchester College to find out about their apprenticeship scheme. It was agreed that the College would provide the hotel with students on short work placements, allowing the hotel to try them out before selecting one of them as an apprentice.

Kirsty Cooper, Work Placement Officer at the College, arranged for five level 1 painting and decorating students to complete a week’s work experience so that the hotel could assess their painting and decorating skills, their teamwork, and how they interacted with guests.

the best of both worlds, qualifications and experience

Steven Crowther was chosen from the students to be the hotel’s apprentice and started work in January. He works at the hotel four days a week and comes to college one day a week to gain his Painting and Decorating Level 2 Diploma. He will also be studying for Level 2 and 3 NVQs in Painting and Decorating. Steven said ‘I was really excited and happy to be chosen. I really wanted to be an apprentice because I’ll get the best of both worlds, qualifications and experience. I’m really enjoying working at the hotel.’

The students were all excellent, polite, well mannered, eager and willing to work. The level of their work is excellent.

Peter Rose, property manager at Mint Hotel, was keen to involve apprentices in the hotel as he had been an apprentice himself and knew the benefits apprenticeships could have for the company. Peter said ‘The students were all excellent, polite, well mannered, eager and willing to work. The level of their work is excellent. One of our experienced painters has been giving them tips, but they were already at a high standard. This is the first time we have had work experience students and we are very impressed. It was a tough decision to choose which one would be our apprentice as they were all so good.’

Evelina Niziolek, HR Manager at the hotel, said ‘having apprentices improves our image in the community and it brings down the cost of recruitment. The largest benefit of getting an apprentice, especially one who has already studied at college, is that they want to do the job, they are not just after any job, you know they care about the profession.’

Mint Hotel have adopted The Manchester College as their training provider and are looking at other courses the college provides which could be of benefit to their staff. One of the hotel’s maintenance engineers is now being trained as a plumber by the College.

Mint Hotel plan to take on another apprentice through The Manchester College, once Steven has completed his apprenticeship.

What next? Could you rise to the challenge as an apprentice? Read more about The Manchester College’s Apprenticeship programme

Could an apprentice be an asset to your organisation? Find out more about apprentices for your business.