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Sketchley Grange helps future-proof staff careers with apprenticeships

Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa, in Hinckley, Leicestershire, is doing its bit to help progress the careers of seven enthusiastic staff members who are currently taking part in its apprenticeship programme.

Due to the nature of the hotel, Sketchley Grange has been able to offer a diverse range of apprenticeships for its staff, leading to qualifications in catering, hospitality and supervisory roles, with members of staff well on their way to progressing their careers with the hotel.

Paul Noble, General Manager at Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa, says: “Doing an apprenticeship is a great way of gaining on-the-job experience with the added bonus of getting a qualification too.

“We enrolled a number of our staff onto our apprenticeship programme earlier this year, in partnership with Leicester College, to help them achieve their full potential.

“Our staff are a vital part of running the hotel and we feel that it’s important to invest in them. We want everyone who works here to receive the appreciation they deserve and enjoy a long, productive career with us.”

It’s commonly perceived that apprenticeships are for those fresh out of school, however that is not necessarily the case at Sketchley Grange. Tabitha Smith, 23, and Hristina Stojanova, 31, have been working at the hotel for several years and have both recently signed up to gain supervisory qualifications under the company’s apprenticeship programme.

Tabitha, who has worked at Sketchley Grange for almost six years, says: “I started off as a waitress in 2011 and progressed through a number of roles and different departments until I found myself here as the bar supervisor.

“Sketchley Grange is a big part of my life – I enjoy working with customers and making someone else's day always makes mine!”

Hristina works in housekeeping and adds: “I chose to go for the apprenticeship because I wanted to create the perfect stay for our guests, to make sure that each and everyone’s stay and experience at Sketchley Grange is a favourable one.”

Hristina started working at the hotel as a room attendant and after few months was offered the supervisor position.

“I wanted to work at Sketchley Grange Hotel because they really seemed to care about their employees,” she continues. “They really know how to recognise and reward hard work.”

Not all the apprentices at Sketchley Grange have been there for as long Hristina and Tabitha. Lorna Scattergood and Joe Long, for example, are both 17 and have recently taken their first step on the career ladder by opting to take apprenticeships at the hotel.

Lorna, an apprentice chef, says: “Cooking is something I love doing which is why I chose this career option and Sketchley seemed like a good place to work. It’s a friendly environment and I am able to do lots of new things.”

Joe adds: “I chose my apprenticeship as I have a strong passion for hospitality, it's the industry I definitely want to progress in.

“Before starting at Sketchley I didn’t have any previous experience in hospitality, so I applied for a weekend job but the operations manager suggested that I do an apprenticeship with the company.

“I enjoy the large range of events we host, I get to meet so many new people from all over the world.

“At Sketchley Grange we’re all like one big family.”