The competition, which is being supported by leading business figures including ex-Dragons Den contestant and successful entrepreneur Rob Law, founder of Trunki, a company that designs stress-free travel products for children and Roger Pride, Director of Marketing with the Welsh Assembly Government.
The winning Apprentice will be given the opportunity to undertake a month-long management apprenticeship at the hotel chain, including mentoring sessions from Future Inns Managing Director and founder, Del Brett, who launched the business in the UK in 2005 after successfully establishing the brand in Canada. The prize also includes £500 cash and a laptop to help kick-start the Apprentice’s career.
To be in with a chance of becoming the Future Apprentice, young people need to go to www.futureinns.co.uk/hotel-apprentice and explain where they would design a hotel and why. Applicants will be judged by an expert panel of business figures from across the South-West and Wales including Roger Pride, Director of Marketing with the Welsh Assembly Government, Eleanor McGillie, News Editor of the Western Daily Press, Del Brett at Future Inns.
Six finalists will be whittled down from all the entries and asked to attend a ‘Finalists Challenge’ day at one of the chain’s hotels after which the winner will be announced.
Del Brett, Managing Director of Future Inns, said: “There is a real need for more young entrepreneurs to work their way up in the industry and at Future Inns, we want to help and inspire young people and give them a genuine opportunity to succeed. We are very much looking forward to seeing the undiscovered talent that is out there.”
Dragons Den contestant and successful Bristol based entrepreneur Rob Law, said: “Opportunities like these are few and far between for young entrepreneurs trying to break into the industry, so it is fantastic that this competition has been launched. I really urge young people to enter as getting this kind of experience when you start out is invaluable.”
Roger Pride, Director of Marketing with the Welsh Assembly Government and judge said: “In today’s tough economic climate, opportunities like these don’t come around too often for young entrepreneurs. This is a great chance for young people from across Wales to break into the industry. I am looking forward to judging the entries and will be looking for ambition, creativity and a determination to succeed in the Future hotel Apprentice.”
The competition is also being supported by leading UK youth charity Fairbridge, which seeks to help disadvantaged young people to go back to education, employment or training.
Fran Harrison, Manager at Fairbridge West said: “This competition is a fantastic example of an initiative to inspire 16 to 18 year olds in the West to become entrepreneurs. Every day we work with young people who are no longer in education, employment or training for a variety of reasons and there is a real need locally for initiatives that concentrate on empowering young people to help them to fulfil their potential. This competition will give young people a chance to embark on an exciting career in the hotel and leisure industry which could change their lives forever.”
Young people can find out more and enter the competition online at www.futureinns.co.uk/hotel-apprentice
The final deadline for entries is 31st December 2010.
Keep up to date on the competition by joining our Facebook fan page: http://on.fb.me/hotelapprentice
Future Inns Bristol Hotel, Plymouth Hotel and Cardiff Hotel offer quality accommodation for holidays, short breaks or weekend breaks in Cardiff, Bristol or Plymouth.