Students set for apprenticeships

Two Edinburgh students have been selected for a new apprenticeship programme launched by Apex Hotels and Queen Margaret University (QMU).

Florencia Gago Bigñe and Annie Fowden
Students Florencia Gago Bigñe (left) and Annie Fowden

Annie Fowden and Florencia Gago Bigñe, who are both students at QMU, each received a bursary and began management apprenticeships with Apex Hotels last month.
The programme will support the Events Management degree course students during their final year of study at QMU, and provide each with paid work experience with Apex Hotels; an additional award in the name of Apex Hotels’ founder, Norman Springford, will provide a financial reward for one or both students to undertake postgraduate study at QMU from September 2016, and help them secure employment with the hotel group.
Norman Springford said the initiative aims to help bolster career opportunities for hospitality and events students each year.
“The hospitality industry is a key growth area within Scotland and critical to the Scottish economy,” he said. “By joining forces to support and reward talented young students, who are passionate about the industry, we can ensure that Scotland is viewed as a leading hospitality destination.”