Graduate recruitment programme is a roaring success

Crerar Hotels chief executivve, Chris Wayne-Wills.

CRERAR Hotels, the Scottish hotels group, has revealed that it received over 200 applicants to its new graduate management programme within 48 hours of its launch.

Part of the company’s £1 million Crerar Academy initiative to attract and retain staff, the 18-month programme offers graduates hands-on experience of various parts of the business as well as regular training and workshops. At the end of the programme the graduates are offered a job placement in the area of their choice and a minimum salary of £25,000 a year.

The company received over 200 applications for the initial 12 places.

Chief executive Chris Wayne-Wills said it was clear the initiative “had made quite an impact”.

“Not only have we recruited over 50 new team members since unveiling our new employee benefits package and introducing the Crerar Academy; we have been overwhelmed with the response to the call-out for graduates – the first roles to be advertised under the Academy banner.

“As well as being strong in numbers, the applicants have been of an incredibly high calibre, and serve to demonstrate the wealth of emerging talent we have in Scotland, just waiting to make its mark on the industry. The response is testament to the commitment we’re making, and steps we’re taking, to become a first-choice employer regardless of sector.

“It’s evident that the recruitment crisis is still rumbling on for the wider industry, but we’re making great strides in ensuring that our teams are bolstered with committed, talented employees looking for a rewarding career within a business where hard work and authenticity is truly valued.”