Hospitality Apprenticeship North East

The Hospitality Apprentice North East (HANE) – is now open to applications for the September 2020 intake of young adults who want to take their first steps in the world of hospitality. The programme, which saw its first intake of apprentices in September 2019, aims to find the next generation of industry professionals. The 18-month, paid apprenticeship leads to SVQ level 5 on completion and apprentices are paid at the national minimum wage for their age rather than at the lower national apprenticeship rate.

The bespoke 18-month programme gives participants experience in four areas of hotel operation – housekeeping, reception, food and beverage and kitchen. Apprentices have the opportunity to take part in masterclasses and learning journeys as well as the option to continue beyond the 18 months’ apprentice scheme with an additional six-month project within their hotel. The 2019 intake of apprentices visited The Fife Arms in Braemar for wine education with a top London sommelier, toured a whisky distillery, underwent barista training, had a show round of commercial laundry and had the chance to meet celebrity chef Glynn Purnell who himself started as an apprentice.

Hannah Kerridge, is one of the 2019 intake of HANE apprentices, she joined the scheme after leaving university and working in a hotel and recommends the scheme to any school leavers or young adults who want a hands-on learning experience.

“I knew that it was hotels I wanted to work in, and it was hospitality I wanted a career in. The apprenticeship offers me a qualification and far more experience in different departments which would put me in good stead to go further in my career. And it’s a paid apprenticeship. If someone had raised this with me when I left school I would have taken it up and gone straight into getting lots of hands on experience. If I’d gone into it straight from school, I maybe would be a supervisor or duty manager by now rather than in a couple of years’ time. That’s what I am aiming for just now. You do get placements at college but with the apprenticeship you are paid the entire time and get a whole range of experience every day– which is a massive selling point for taking an apprenticeship route.

Applications for the 2020 intake of students – which will start work in September – are now open via

School Leavers Webinar

A fun & informative series of short 30 minute webinars to support you with the next steps of your career journey!

We understand everyone is facing challenges just now and your plans may have changed or seem unclear due to the current situation.  We want to let you know we are still here to help and provide you with the career information and guidance you need for your future.

Join our advisers, Hilary & Erin for our first session on Tuesday 2nd June at 3pm as they take a look at:

  • Acknowledging the current situation
  • Looking at the positives
  • What skills could come from this?
  • Understanding how Skills Development Scotland can help you
  • Learn about the future sessions we will be running
  • Some actions & links to resources that you can do yourself
  • You can also get involved through the poll questions and comments

Click the link to join – JOIN CAREERJAM SESSION 1

We hope you can join us!

Skills Development Scotland

Joinery Apprenticeship at CHAP Group

CHAP Group are looking to recruit a new Apprentice Joiner, to commence a 4 year Modern Apprenticeship (MA) late summer 2020.  This apprenticeship offers the opportunity of hands on vocational work experience and training, side-by-side with block release college attendance.

At minimum, applicants will need to demonstrate they have a good aptitude for hands-on practical work and also good basic numeracy skills.

If you have a keen interest in becoming a qualified Joiner and wish to apply for this apprenticeship, you can do so via their website

Applicants will be required to submit an up-to-date CV along with a brief cover letter explaining why they are interested in doing a joinery apprenticeship and why they think they would be a good candidate.

Please note the closing date for applications is the 31st March 2020.

Careers, apprenticeships and college Parents Evening – 30th January, Copthorne Hotel, Aberdeen


Big Parents Eve event

January 30, 2020 5.30pm – 8pm

An opportunity for parents, carers, influencers and young people to

  • find out more about the different sectors and jobs in the region
  • explore how these are changing in the future
  • looking at the key skills young people will need for these new roles
  • speak to young people currently participating in foundation, modern and gradate apprenticeships in different organisations
  • find out about the different pathways into employment
  • ask questions and network with a wide range of organisations

The evening will start with a networking session over an evening buffet with a wide range of stand holders who will include:

  • Developing Young Workforce North East
  • Aberdeen City Council Education Team
  • Aberdeenshire Council Education Team
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • North East Scotland College
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Tullos Training
  • SRUC
  • Aberlour
  • NHS Grampian
  • and other key training providers

Please click on the link for more information and to register for free for this event.


S3 – S5 Parents’ Course Choice and Future Career Pathways Information Evening – Thursday 12 December 6pm – 6:45pm

Information from North East Scotland College, The Robert Gordon University, Skills Development Scotland and SRUC will be given to highlight flexible routes into employment and to help you to support your child to get “on the right route to the right job, through the right course via the right information”.

Members of the Senior Leadership Team will attend and will be available for questions at the end of evening. The Information Evening is likely to finish at 6:45pm.

In order to help us to plan for the evening, I should be grateful if you would complete the reply slip at the URL below. This will automatically register your interest with the school.


Register of Interest

Skills Scotland Aberdeen @ P&J LIVE at TECA


11th November 5pm – 7pm

14 – 24 year olds

Free entry

Families and Individuals welcome.

Explore future skills and get work ready at Aberdeen’s largest skills, career and apprenticeship event.

Register online for free tickets at


SDS – Alford Academy Career Service

Careers Advice and employment support does not end when you leave school

Attention all Senior Pupils, Parents and School Leavers…..

  • Have you left school this summer or thinking about leaving ?
  • Are you looking for an Apprenticeship, Work or Training?
  • Do you want some help and support with job application forms, college applications, CV’s , Interview Skills or covering letters?
  • We have information about current vacancies and apprenticeships.

Come along to Alford Library on  Wednesday Afternoons between 1pm and 3pm.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Linda Johnston – Careers Adviser 

Telephone 0146 762 3623               

Mobile       07557 190081

Linda Johnston

Careers Adviser

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