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Hilton Worldwide launches apprenticeship academy

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As GCSE results are released nationwide yesterday, Hilton Worldwide launched its Hilton Apprenticeship Academy, creating more than 100 opportunities for individuals to learn the art of hospitality across a range of disciplines within its UK hotels.

The Hilton Apprenticeship Academy will build on the success of the company's Chef Apprenticeship Academy, which has trained more than 60 apprentices since its inception in 2010.

The scheme's success has seen more than 95% of participants secure permanent employment and its popularity has encouraged a further 25 new apprentices to join the latest enrolment.

The Hilton Apprenticeship Academy will extend the opportunity to more than 100 job seekers to train with Hilton Worldwide in one of six 12-month apprenticeships across a range of hospitality disciplines, including professional cookery; front office; food & beverage service; multi-skilled hospitality service; exercise & fitness; and sales

Ben Bengougam, vice president, human resources, Europe, Hilton Worldwide, said, "Young people are facing a difficult job market with high youth unemployment and many will be considering alternatives to university study.

"Our Hilton Apprenticeship Academy provides an entry-level education into the exciting world of hospitality and an attractive route into employment with one of the world's leading companies of its kind.

"Attracting the right talent into our business at all levels remains integral to our business strategy, especially at a time where we are experiencing rapid growth across the UK. We recognize the need to ensure young people have access to opportunities and training so they obtain the necessary skills to make them attractive in a global marketplace."

The launch of the new Hilton Apprenticeship Academy sees the company partnering with Lifetime UK, one of the UK's top training providers. Together the two organisations have created a bespoke programme that offers individuals on the job training from professionally qualified experts; on site mentors; development workshops; and master classes.

Each apprentice will also work towards a Level 2 Apprenticeship qualification, which is equivalent to five GCSEs at grade A-C. Apprenticeships will be fully funded, including tuition fees and travel expenses, plus participants receive a salary during the programme. The programme will recruit more than 25 apprentices at each quarterly intake - at least 100 in the next 12 months.

John Hayes, UK skills minister, said, "It is fantastic news that Hilton Worldwide is expanding its apprenticeship programme which will help it to secure high-quality skills across a range of disciplines.

"Apprenticeships not only provide opportunities for the brightest and best, they are a driving force in creating a highly-skilled workforce that can help grow the nation's economy."

Hilton Worldwide employs more than 12,000 team members across its portfolio of more than 100 hotels in the UK, with 22 new hotels in the pipeline offering more than 1800 new career opportunities.

Just last week Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of its first dual-brand property in the UK, Hilton & Hampton by Hilton at St George's Park, Burton upon Trent with a special emphasis on fulfilling the Olympic legacy of sports tourism and youth development.