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Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce helps apprentices take their first steps at the Ramada Grantham

Amanda Burton, Daniella Bramley, Kyeron O'Connor and Shirley Bates outside the Ramada Grantham.

Amanda Burton, Daniella Bramley, Kyeron O'Connor and Shirley Bates outside the Ramada Grantham.

Three apprentices have been learning all about the hospitality industry at the Ramada Hotel in Grantham.

The trio were taken on by the Swingbridge Road hotel to help it cope with a growing demand over the last six months.

Realising the team needed to grow, general manager Amanda Burton began talks with Shirley Bates at the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, and soon saw the benefits of employing apprentices.

Amanda said: “At first we agreed to recruit one apprentice to see how it went, but before I knew it I had two further apprentices lined up to work with us because the quality was so good.

“Shirley helped with all the advertising and the first stage interviewing. This saved me significant costs and time that would have otherwise been spent sifting through applications and arranging interviews.

“Shirley took care of everything. She presented me with three or four candidates, who were all ideally suited for the jobs we had. I just had to do the final interviews and select the best candidates.”

Daniella Bramley joined first, as a general assistant, followed by Kyeron O’Connor, a food and beverage apprentice, and Sam Degan as a commis chef apprentice.

Shirley said: “It has been a real pleasure working with the Ramada Hotel. They now have three apprentices who have been given roles where they can grow and move upward in their career. It’s a win-win situation for all.”

For more information about Lincolnshire Chamber’s training support, email Shirley.Bates@lincs-chamber.co.uk

 

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