Marriott International has launched a new apprenticeship scheme aimed giving young people a career in the culinary and hospitality industry.
The Marriott Culinary Apprenticeship Academy will train 16 apprentices to NVQ level 2 on an 18-month programme, and aims to train a further 30 next year.
The programme has been created in tandem with training provider Babcock.
All of the apprentices who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a guaranteed position as a commis chef in a Marriott hotel in the UK.
"With the youth unemployment figure in the UK at nearly one million, we recognise the need to open up opportunities to people and ensure they have the training and support they need to help them excel in their careers," said Bridgett Price, chief human resources officer for Marriott International in Europe.
"With exciting development and growth opportunities within our hotels in Europe comes the need for skilled people to take the hospitality industry forward. The big drive for us is making young people aware of the opportunities we can offer and showing them that this is an exciting industry with real career progression."
In addition to the MCAA, Marriott has launched a pilot Engineer apprenticeship programme in London, which recruited three young people to learn the ropes, and is working to take the success of its Government Youth Contracts in Scotland nationwide.