The hotel company has partnered with Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (QMU), to offer bursaries to those who complete work experience with the company.
An additional postgraduate award, names of Apex’s founder Norman Springford, will provide financial reward to a top student and help them secure employment with the hotel group.
Apex said the move aims to create a new generation of hospitality leaders who can transform Scotland’s hospitality industry so that it is a “key player on the world stage”.
The new scholarship programme will support two students from hospitality and tourism or event management during their final year of university, and will provide each with paid work experience with Apex.
The students will gain hands-on experience across all areas of the business, and will conduct a research project which will aim to find solutions to internal organisational problems.
Springford said: “The Hospitality industry is a key growth area within Scotland and critical to the Scottish economy. We therefore need to equip a young workforce with the right skills and attitude to continue improving and transforming Scotland’s hospitality and tourism industry.
“By joining forces to support and reward talented young students, who are passionate about the industry, we can ensure that Scotland is viewed as a leading hospitality destination both by a home audience and internationally.”