6th March 2020

Scottish Apprenticeship Week is drawing to a close, and we’ve been using it as an opportunity to recognise RBH apprentices north of the border, as well as reflecting on how far some of them have come in a short time.

The RBH senior team puts in a great deal of effort alongside our training provider, Babcock, to provide the best possible apprenticeship programme to benefit all parties involved, and I have been lucky enough to see first-hand just how fantastic the apprenticeship scheme is.

At DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre we have four apprentices in our ranks. As an HR professional, I find these apprenticeships one of the most positive tools for motivating and retaining staff.

Babcock has worked with RBH to create content relevant to a range of roles, meaning our apprentices feel a sense of having gained knowledge that is truly applicable to their roles – and this is vital in an industry like hospitality. Modern apprenticeships, in our sector, are vital as a way of practically supporting and developing young talent, as well as showcasing the various viable and attractive career paths available.

One of our apprentices here in Edinburgh, Ricardo Jose Sanchez Zuniga, is testament to just how effective a modern apprenticeship can be. At the age of 21, he’s been with us – growing, learning and progressing – for a number of years. Here’s what he has to say…

I’m originally from Spain, but coming to Edinburgh has really allowed me to develop a career I love – thanks to the opportunity to join the RBH Modern Apprenticeship Programme. I joined DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre as a reception intern on an Erasmus placement and jumped at the chance to apply for an apprenticeship when it came along.

I’m ambitious and want to constantly learn new things so I can progress as much as possible in my career. Once I completed my Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship, I was lucky enough to be promoted into the role of Reservations Supervisor and am now going through my Level 3 qualification.

I’m getting the chance to try out different roles, have my voice heard on work-related matters and – most importantly – to learn from any mistakes in a real-life setting. I have no doubt that the programme will ensure I’m ready to take on any new challenges my career presents me with, and equip me with the knowledge and skills to deal with many situations as best as possible.

I would encourage anyone in two minds about applying for a Modern Apprenticeship in hospitality to go for it. It is hard work, but well worth it. You have the full support of colleagues who will teach you and make you the best you possibly can be at your job to ensure a bright future and a fruitful career.”

RBH currently employs around 20 apprentices across the UK, including six in Scotland.