Apprenticeship in Hospitality Scotland comes to Glasgow

Youngsters line up on their first day of college
The 2024 intake of hospitality apprentices at City of Glasgow College’s induction day

City of Glasgow College is to deliver the tenth year of the Apprenticeship in Hospitality Scotland programme.

The AHS training, also backed by Hospitality Apprenticeship North East (HANE), is described as a ‘leading route for young adults’ to start careers in the hospitality industry.

The programme offers two routes to training – Hospitality Services and Professional Cookery. Both are two-year apprenticeships, combining on-the-job training and formal education, leading to a nationally recognised SVQ Level qualification.

AHS was launched in 2014 as a partnership between hotels across Scotland to ‘nurture, develop and inspire the next generation of talent’ for the Scottish hospitality sector. HANE was then launched in 2019.

The AHS/HANE programme aims to be the foundation of rewarding careers in hospitality, with graduates said to have secured permanent positions in some of Scotland’s finest hotels.

Partner hotels include The Torridon in Wester Ross, The Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh, The Fife Arms in Braemar, Douneside Hotel by Tarland, Kimpton Blythswood Square in Glasgow, The Old Course Hotel St Andrews and Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire.

Chairman of AHS and HANE, Stephen Gow
Chairman of AHS and HANE, Stephen Gow

Chairman of AHS and HANE, Stephen Gow, who is general manager at The Chester Hotel in Aberdeen, said: “City of Glasgow College, one of the largest and most respected colleges in the UK, is an excellent choice to deliver our 2024 programme.

“This collaboration will ensure that our apprentices receive the highest quality of education and training, as well as access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources.

“We believe that this partnership will enhance the reputation and attractiveness of the AHS/HANE programme and the hospitality industry as a whole.”

Stephen continued: “The hospitality industry continues to invest in the future of our sector and attract more young people to join this exciting and dynamic sector.

“The AHS/HANE hospitality and professional cookery programmes are a unique opportunity for ambitious and passionate individuals who want to pursue a career in hospitality and learn from some of the best in the business.

“Apprentices can earn as they learn and our partners commit to paying the minimum wage for an apprentice’s age rather than the apprenticeship rate.”

Director of business partnerships at City of Glasgow College, Carla Gethin, added: “We are thrilled to embark on this journey with AHS and HANE, paving the way for a mutually beneficial partnership.

“As a globally recognised leader in technological and professional education, we are committed to equipping apprentices with the skills and knowledge essential for thriving in today’s dynamic hospitality landscape.

“City of Glasgow College stands at the forefront of culinary and hospitality education and is also renowned for its excellence in maritime, healthcare, supply chain, logistics, and creative industries.”