New Hotel Employment Academy Launches In Belfast

Belfast City Council has teamed up with two of the city's newest hotels – the Hastings Grand Central Hotel Belfast and the Dalata Hotel Group’s Maldron Hotel Belfast City, both of which are due to open next year – to launch a new Hotel Employment Academy.

The initiative aims to help the two hotels recruit almost 200 staff and is open to anyone living in the Belfast City Council area who is currently out of work, or works less than 16 hours a week.
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The first Academy will start in January, with others taking place early in 2018. They will involve two weeks of intensive training in areas such as customer care, food safety, health and safety and manual handling, as well as practical experience in working in a hotel. Offering the skills needed for specific posts within the two new city centre hotels, everyone who completes the training will be guaranteed an interview.

In a joint statement, Stephen McNally, Deputy CEO of Dalata Hotel Group, and Howard Hastings, CEO of Hastings Hotels, spoke of their involvement in the new Academy:"It is a very exciting time for us in the hotel industry, as it is one of almost unprecedented growth, with new developments the length and breadth of the city centre. Obviously, these developments represent a considerable financial commitment on behalf of ourselves and the other operators concerned. But, just as importantly, they are an investment in the city of Belfast – and its people. It is for this reason that we are delighted to be involved in this exciting initiative, which will ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunities to pursue a career in the hotel industry and the avail of the prospects it can open up for them."

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