TA Hotel Collection & Vertas Group Limited Offering ‘Step Up’ to Suffolk’s Young People with Inspire

7 June 2018

We are very excited to be partnering with hotel group TA Hotel Collection and facilities management company Vertas to provide hospitality training, upskilling and job opportunities to local young people!

The Brudenell in Aldeburgh, part of the TA Hotel Collection group.

Our two-week Step Up programme, funded by the New Anglia LEP, aims to provide young people aged 16-24, the opportunity to gain industry-related training and qualifications as a stepping stone into employment.

TA Hotel Collection are hoping to offer young people who complete the course opportunities for roles at one of their prestigious Suffolk coastal hotels, such as The Crown in Woodbridge and The White Lion in Aldeburgh.

Vertas are offering roles such as Food Service Assistants with fantastic opportunities for career progression. The course includes interview skills, CV building, relevant job training, supported work experience at one of Vertas’ catering locations and Food Hygiene qualifications.

Terry Baxter, CEO of Inspire, says:

“We are delighted to be partnering with TA Hotel Collection and Vertas on such a beneficial project, supporting and believing in the potential of local young people. Our Step Up courses are a brilliant way to bridge the skills gap and our partnership with local companies through the courses are a great example of ‘local supporting local’ and we thank them both very much.”

Vertas’s new Paddy and Scott’s coffee shop in the University of Suffolk Waterfront Building in Ipswich.

Commenting on the new partnership Peter Osborne, TA Hotel Collection Managing Director – Coast added:

“We are committed to making a difference for young people and helping to educate the next generation of hospitality industry professionals. We look forward to welcoming the students at our hotels where they can experience a real customer focused environment and put their learning into context.”

Ian Surtees MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Vertas Group Limited says:

“The opportunity to upskill and develop young people, while recruiting talent for our growing business, is one we jumped at. This collaboration will give those who have had to overcome additional challenges the chance to ‘Step Up’ into a promising career in the catering and hospitality sector. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming the new recruits to Vertas and supporting them into work.”

We have previously run Step Up courses in Health & Social Care, Construction, Hospitality, Retail and Sport with many more to launch in sectors where upskilling is needed. This has allowed young people to gain qualifications and training they require to get onto their desired career path including CSCS card training and Health & Safety qualifications, with many opportunities available to partner with local organisations to provide prospects to local young people.

Find out more about these courses and how you can get involved here or get in touch with our Youth Support Worker on nextsteps@inspiresuffolk.org.uk or text or call 07590 983299 or 01473 353 194.