Marriott NVQ course caters for skills needs

The Whitbread Hotel Company’s Marriott chain is pushing ahead with a new
recruitment scheme despite a recent pay freeze and 300 job cuts.

Marriott announced last week that it is shedding jobs and postponing £150m
of capital spending to combat the effects of the economic downturn.

However, the firm is still looking to recruit at least 200 new staff through
the launch of an apprenticeship scheme.

The Marriott Modern Apprenticeship programme will be offered across a range
of departments including housekeeping, reception, bar and restaurant.

Staff on the course, which lasts for up to two years, will receive either a
level 2 or level 3 NVQ, delivered through structured learning and practical

Amanda Ravey, HR director for Whitbread Hotels, said the programme will
focus on Marriott’s business needs while also providing transferable skills.

"It focuses on reducing labour turnover and increasing the number of
frontline promotions.

"We currently have 300 associates working towards a Modern
Apprenticeship and we aim to get another 200 for 2002," she added.

The scheme, which is being run in conjunction with the Hotel and Catering
Training Company, will be open to new starters and existing staff aged 16-24.

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