QHotels has been awarded a top industry accolade in the 2017 Caterer.com People Awards, scooping gold in the Emerging Talent Initiative category.
The group, whose 26 four-star hotels across the UK are managed by Redefine|BDL Hotels (RBH), picked up the coveted award for its impressive apprenticeship scheme and its efforts engaging with schools, colleges and universities across the UK and Europe to drive young talent into the business.
RBH – the UK’s leading independent hotel management company – which has recently assumed management of the QHotels portfolio, was shortlisted in the Employer Branding Campaign and Learning and Development categories.
The awards are organised by hospitality recruitment specialists Caterer.com and celebrate the very best programmes in hospitality recruitment, retention and development. The winners were announced at a glittering ceremony at Park Plaza Westminster, London.
QHotels was recognised for its 'Get into Q' apprenticeship programme, which launched in 2016 and has recruited 138 apprentices to date across a range of specialist areas, such as operational management, maintenance, accounts, food and beverage and spa.
In addition, QHotels' Professional Hospitality Operations Management programme – awarded by the University College Birmingham – is the first qualification of its type to be provided by a UK hotel group.
The group has also undertaken over 400 school, college and international work experience placements in the past year, with 80 young people securing employment at QHotels following their placements.
Lisa Redding, Group Resourcing Manager at QHotels, said: “Being recognised in this way is testament to the work we’ve done to bring talented young people into our business.
“Our objective is to continuously improve training and development opportunities across the group, which is why our ‘Get into Q’ apprenticeship programme is designed to introduce young people to sustainable employment in hospitality and promote the industry as a great place to work.”
Neil Pattison, Sales Director for Caterer.com said: “The landscape of the hospitality industry changes each year and recruiting and retaining the best talent remains a challenge. Our amazing winners demonstrated determination, ingenuity and invention, not only in finding new ways to recruit, but also in developing skills and very importantly, adapting to an ever-changing workforce.”