Foodservice firm Compass Group UK & Ireland has launched Compass Scotland as a distinct business after 70 years of operation within the country.
The business is headed by managing director David Hay. It will develop its own apprenticeship scheme, taking employees from level 2 to degree level 6, working closely with Scotland-specific clients, hospitality industry stakeholders, colleges and a training provider.
Central to the programme will be a new partnership with chef Tom Kitchin as a culinary ambassador. This will see the 2020 winner of the Cateys Chef of the Year award and Michelin-starred restaurant owner contribute to the apprenticeship and training programme and work with the business as a consultant.
Hay said: "Our size and scale sets us apart, and this new era of Compass Scotland will take us from strength to strength, while recognising the need for our sector to focus on skills and development. At the heart of our business is the Scottish leadership group, a team of experts which continues to focus on learning, customer-focused service and sector innovation.
"The opportunities offered through our apprenticeship scheme will enable employees to change or enhance their careers and underlines how our business is committed to helping every colleague, partner and client realise their potential.
"Having started my own career with Compass at the age of 19 as a hospitality waiter, this is something I feel incredibly passionate about. I very much look forward to seeing the next generation of this fantastic industry develop in Scotland through this exciting programme."
Kitchin added: "I am really looking forward to working with Compass Scotland and the many exciting projects with the team, plus helping to bring through the next generation of Scottish hospitality."
Compass Scotland covers sectors including education, workplace catering, defence, sports and leisure, plus the Aberdeen-based offshore business, and operates in more than 300 sites. Its clients include Edinburgh Zoo, Chrysaor, EICC and Merchiston School.