The hotel industry has been going through a tough time with staff shortages since the pandemic but is now responding positively to increase recruitment.
The Newpark Hotel, in Kilkenny has made a video to encourage people to join their team. It is a fun video using staff from the hotel to show what it would be like to work there. To the background music of The Best Day of My Life, by American Authors, it is catchy and a great showcase for the hotel and its employees.
There is such competition in the hotel industry that pay and conditions have improved. For example, in this video potential employees will see that they can have fun as well as making new friends.
They will also enjoy career progression, complimentary meals on duty and gym membership. Uniforms, free parking, reduced rates in other Flynn Hotels, and ongoing training are also part of the package.
“The team at the Newpark Hotel got very creative during lockdown and as a result of this we have created an array of videos that capture the personality of the team and the property. The videos are light-hearted, entertaining and engaging for all who have watched them.
When we sat down to plan our recruitment video, it was important to us that we portrayed a true reflection of the culture at Newpark hotel, our amazing team and bring our mission statement, ‘Let Our Family Look after yours‘ alive,” said Paul Beehan, GM of the Newpark Hotel.
Recruitment and Training of Culinary Staff
Due to a shortage of culinary staff, iNua Hotels has launched a new Professional Cookery Traineeship in association with Limerick Clare Education and Training Board, (LCETB).
The two-year Professional Cookery Traineeship will head to a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery, a qualification recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications.
The first intake of students will be this September. It will include 13 weeks per year classroom-based learning at the College of Further Education and Training Hospitality Campus in Roxboro, Limerick, and workplace learning within the iNUA Collection.
Stefan Matz, Group Executive Chef of The iNUA Collection has worked closely with the Limerick Clare Education Training Board to put together this exciting new Professional Cookery Traineeship.
“It has been a pleasure working with Bernadette Enright, the programme coordinator at LCETB, and her team to develop this programme,” says Stefan Matz, Group Executive Head Chef of The iNUA Collection. “It will be of such enormous use and impact to the chefs who go through these two years. The LCETB’s flexibility and support in accommodating our requirements has been immense and much appreciated.”
Extensive Programme for Chefs Planned
The topics covered as part of the college blocks in the first year in Limerick include Culinary Food Safety Management, Culinary Techniques, Gastronomy, Pastry Baking and Desserts and Work Practice. In the second year, International Cuisines, Hospitality Business Systems, Menu Design and Applied Nutrition, Producing a Culinary Event and Work Practice.
The iNUA Collection plans to send two students from each of their nine hotels on this programme and for each two-week block, they will be given full board in the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa in Limerick.
The target audience for this programme is the group’s current team of employees who wish to access a career path into chef and culinary roles. However, The iNUA Collection are also recruiting externally to fill these traineeship opportunities.
If you are a chef or someone interested in pursuing a culinary career, further information is on the iNUA Collection Professional Cookery Traineeship in association with LCETB, please see here or email [email protected] to arrange a call.