Hilton Birmingham Metropole was awarded the Hotel of the Year award. Entries highlighted the hotel’s Team Members’ commitment to promoting the benefits of apprenticeships, and attending events to drive engagement and encourage more young people to consider applying for an apprenticeship.
Jai Kumar, a food & beverage apprentice from Hilton East Midlands Airport, was crowned Apprentice of the Year. Nominated for making impressive professional progress since joining Hilton in October last year.
Kumar said: “I’m thrilled to have won Hilton’s Apprentice of the Year award. My confidence has grown significantly since I joined Hilton, and I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone. The experience has completely changed my attitude towards work; the positive environment motivates me every day.”
Lewis Mckay-Bell from Hilton Maidstone was awarded Line Manager of the Year. Lewis was chosen by his colleagues for his dedication to supporting apprentice Team Members. He was commended for consistently taking the time to help shape the development of those he manages, providing extensive feedback to help apprentices grow in confidence and ability.
Kay Harriman, senior director, HR UK & Ireland at Hilton, added: “Apprentices are a huge asset to our business, delivering exceptional experiences to guests every day. This event was first and foremost a celebration of their hard work, as well as the Team Members and hotels who support them.”
Hilton is committed to connecting, preparing and employing one million young people by 2019 in order to help address global youth unemployment challenges. In the last 12 months, it has employed approximately 900 young people through its dedicated youth programmes and initiatives in the UK.