Westminster’s Mariott Hotel recruits from Prince’s Trust, extends work experience

The Marriott Hotel County Hall in London’s Westminster has recruited two employees from the Prince’s Trust’s employment programme.

The partnership between the hotel and the charity formed in 2011, with aims to offer employment opportunities for young and disadvantaged individuals. The ‘Fairbridge’ programme within the Trust focuses on young people who may not have access to training or education and would like to forge a new career for themselves.

The hotel’s general manager Theresa Maw said: “It is truly inspiring to see young people realise their career ambitions with the guidance and support of both the team at the hotel and at the Prince’s Trust. As a Marriott hotel, we are committed to working directly with the local community to support and develop the potential of those keen to develop a career in the hospitality industry.”

This news comes in conjunction with the hotel also extending its work experience service, the ‘Housekeeping Challenge’. Through the scheme, youngsters will be able to learn about how to prepare a hotel room for guests in a training session and activity led by executive housekeeper Vince Castronovo. Participants will then be able to undertake five hours of supervised work at the hotel and may be offered future permanent employment if they impress bosses.

The London Marriott Hotel County Hall has already held three such sessions in the past year for over 20 young people. The hotel hopes to double this number in the coming year. Director of human resources Alex Dimsdale added: “The Housekeeping Challenge has been developed specifically to practically realise our commitment to the Prince’s Trust and we look forward to developing opportunities for even more students in 2013.”

Many young people seeking hospitality employment are encouraged to apply for the scheme.

Berkeley Scott is a leading London hotel recruitment agency.