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Interstate and HIT launch new scheme

Interstate Hotels and Resorts has linked up with Hospitality Industry Training (HIT) and Cambrian Training to launch a new maintenance apprenticeship programme as it seeks to develop ‘unsung heroes’ into future leaders in hospitality.

A bespoke year-long programme will see the first intake of 13 apprentices taking part in visits to suppliers and masterclasses alongside interactive online courses.

Interstate recognises the crucial role played by maintenance and property managers in the smooth running of hotels and resorts. Their head of learning and development, Andrew Cunningham, says: “I am thrilled to see the maintenance apprenticeship launch. This is an innovative programme that blends the experience and skills of an external training provider with our own in-house expertise. I am excited to follow the progress of not only the apprentices, but their mentors as well.”

Lyndy Tinculescu, relationship manager – national at HIT, adds: “HIT Training is delighted to be partnering with Interstate Hotel & Resorts to offer training for its maintenance assistants. Interstate Hotel and Resorts is leading the way when it comes to upskilling its workforce and is dedicated to ensuring its maintenance assistance team is trained and developed to the very highest standard.”

Recently Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the international division of Aimbridge Hospitality, was named as the management company for England’s first ‘Tribe’ hotel, part of the Accor family, set to open at Manchester Airport in 2023. Owned by H3 Hotels S.a.r.l, the nine-floor hotel will house 412 rooms and suites as well as four restaurants and bars, a gym, and a crew lounge for airline staff.

The current group of Interstate Hotels & Resorts maintenance apprentices taking part in the innovative programme — Photo by Interstate
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