8 August 2012
Young Scots between the age of 16 and 24 working across Scotland’s pubs, hotels and restaurants are being given the chance to take a ‘MAP Year’ to enhance their career prospects , courtesy of Scotland’s pre-eminent brewer, Tennent Caledonian.
The new MAP initiative - a Modern Apprentice Plus programme that will nurture and fast track 25 of the hospitality industry’s brightest and most ambitious young Scots each year – was unveiled on Friday 3 August as part of the brewer’s ongoing investment in raising the bar across the on-trade in Scotland.
MP for Glasgow Central Anas Sarwar was in attendance at the company’s Wellpark brewery to officially launch the MAP programme alongside Tennent Caledonian Commercial Managing Director Steve Annand and C&C Group Corporate Affairs Director Paul Bartlett.
Funded and managed by Tennent Caledonian with support from Skills Development Scotland, applications for the prestigious new initiative are open from today, for young Scots already working in the industry.
Starting in September this year, the MAP will offer candidates an exceptional year of training excellence, building on the Scottish Government’s standard Modern Apprenticeship framework with an enhanced programme of specialist courses, intensive work experience and senior-level mentorship.
Tennent Caledonian has designed the programme to give apprentices the skills, insight and experience that they believe are the keys to success for the future of the highly competitive hospitality industry – delivered through courses but also, for the first time, through direct mentorship from industry experts, including the Tennent’s team behind Scotland’s most successful alcohol brands.
The programme will be run across 27 days and will offer the core range of SVQ courses included in standard Modern Apprenticeship training, covering Hospitality, Food Hygiene, Health & Safety, Customer Service and Licensing. However it is the MAP’s unique range of specialist courses and prestigious opportunities that set it apart in the industry:
The new initiative will be managed from the Tennent’s Training Academy, the centre of training excellence established at Wellpark Brewery in 2010 which was applauded by First Minister Alex Salmond during a tour of the facilities earlier this year.
MP for Glasgow Central Anas Sarwar commended the new MAP programme and the benefits it will bring to young people in the industry across Scotland:
‘I’m very pleased to be at Wellpark today to launch the new Modern Apprentice Plus programme, which is a good example of a Scottish business pioneering within their industry and delivering world class ideas and opportunities. As we all know, jobs and training are an increasing challenge for many young people, and so it is extremely promising to see Tennent Caledonian’s commitment to this initiative which will nurture 25 talented young people and provide them with an important boost in their career within the hospitality sector. Not only will this bring great individual reward for each of the apprentices who are lucky enough to take part, but the MAP programme sees Tennent’s making an important investment into their industry and the future vitality and success of pubs, bars and many other outlets around the country, as these enhanced skills filter through over the years.’
Steve Annand, Commercial Managing Director of Tennent Caledonian commented:
‘The launch of the new Modern Apprentice Plus Programme is an exciting next step for our business in terms of our ongoing investment in and commitment to building a vibrant and strong hospitality industry for Scotland in the future. Our industry is already packed with talented young people and the MAP will recognise the very best and give them a fantastic boost for their careers, whatever area of our business they hope to succeed in. We are also very excited that Tennent Caledonian will be taking an active role in the mentorship programme, and I’m hopeful that the activities we have planned will give invaluable insight into how the beer business works at every level. The MAP programme has been designed to offer the very best opportunity for young people in our business, so we are now looking for the best candidates to take part and would urge anyone with enthusiasm, drive and a passion for our industry to get their applications in.’
John Gilligan (59), Sales Managing Director of Tennent Caledonian has worked his way up the Scottish drinks industy over the years. But he spent the first decade of his career working as a joiner and credits his success today to an early opportunity to take up a position as a joiner's apprentice. John commented:
'Completing my apprenticeship was without question, the best thing I've ever done. It brought discipline into my life, gave me confidence and the belief that I could always work and make a living for my family. First-hand experience of working alongside people with real skill and drive brought out the best in me and I think that can be true for whatever career you choose. We're looking forward to welcoming the first batch of Tennent's Apprentices to Wellpark in September and I will have a special interest in helping to nurture their skill and ambition throughout their MAP year.'
Applications are now being invited for the programme at www.tennentstrainingacademy.com. The course will start in September and an awards event, recognising one outstanding MAP candidate in the first year, will also be included in the programme.
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