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Celebrating Our Apprentices

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We are delighted to continue supporting the growth of apprenticeships here at New Forest Collection, we continue to focus on offering our people a menu of opportunities to support individual learning needs. The ‘build the future’ theme of this years National Apprenticeship Week is incredibly apt as businesses across the country continue to adapt to the ‘new normal’ following the impact of Covid-19 and Brexit.  Over the past 18 months the need to recognise the value of our people has been top of the agenda, as the world seems to have turned upside down the hospitality industry has needed to re-focus. The need to listen to what the current and next generation of workers want/need from their employers can not be underestimated and this must guide our decisions with regards to the provisions of personal and professional development opportunities moving forward.

The need to provide a well-built career development programme for those entering the sector has been a key focus here at New Forest Collection.  Since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and the standards that replaced the old NVQ we have been delighted to watch the growth and improvement of training content being built and offered from a diverse range of providers.  We are proud to partner with several providers including Remit, Umbrella, and local colleges.  We continue to take an open approach to providing our people with the right training to suit their own individual needs and give our team members the chance to bring new options to the table. We recognise that everyone learns differently and therefore, welcome new ideas to ensure our biggest asset, our people, get the learning experience that suits them.

The much debated and reported labour shortage impacting the hospitality industry has shone a light on the importance of training and nurture.  Back in 2019, we worked with our people to develop our core values, and these continue to be our guiding light in everything we do.  One of the four values is Nurture, and we are committed to utilising the government provisions to provide our people with the best opportunities possible.  We recognise as we continue to grapple with the well reported labour shortages across the service sector that training and strong induction is paramount to the continued growth of our people and our business. We understand the importance of a continued focus on providing our team members with strong health and wellbeing resources, with training a key part of this – we have recently been recognised for our efforts in this area and were the proud winners of the Health and Wellbeing award at the 2021 Brilliance in Business Awards.

We continue to offer a variety of opportunities and would encourage anyone who is looking for a new challenge to check our at careers page: New Forest Collection | Careers (newforesthotels.co.uk) or get in touch with hpd@newforesthotels.co.uk

Jo Llewellyn, Head of People and Development

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