Housekeepers, waiting staff, porters and kitchen assistants have been recruited, via local employment agency Ingeus, by the group which operates the hotel. Nicola Carlin and Matthew McAllister are two of the Ingeus clients now working at the hotel.
“I absolutely love my job,” said Nicola, who was unemployed for over a year before starting work at the Royal Hotel.
“Every day is different; I’m learning lots and meeting great people.”
Matthew, an aspiring musician who is employed with the support of the government initiated, wage-subsidising Youth Contract, added: “My adviser was determined to support me in finding a job and I had lots of help with my CV and interview technique before being put forward for this role.
“I work in the bar and restaurant and think it’s a brilliant place. I love meeting the guests and hearing their tales from around the world. Maybe one day I’ll be entertaining them back, performing some of my songs in the bar.”
Manager of the Royal Hotel Laura Turner said: “Working with Ingeus has enabled me to employ young and unemployed local people and the on-going support John [Sloey, of Ingeus] provides is very reassuring to us all.
“We are a developing business and employing new staff can be time-consuming and expensive. Having Ingeus provide free-of-charge support, as well as receiving an additional bursary from the Youth Contract, has been invaluable and allows us to provide ongoing training for staff too.”
Image: (L-R) Laura Turner with some of the new Ingeus recruits: Nicola Carlin, Matthew McAllister, James Mathieson and Martin Campbell.