Apprenticeship program providing opportunities for young talent


ELC Apprentices Jessica Porter, Elana van Leeuwen and Terry Antoine

Elite Leisure Collection, based in Tunbridge Wells, continues to attract new talent as it provides opportunities for young people to develop and thrive.

According to a study, almost half (47%) of organizations that employ students and graduates intend to increase the number of hires in the next 12 months.

The Institute of Student Employers (ISE) and the Handshake Survey comes as no surprise to Elite Leisure Collection who believe that educating and developing young talent is essential to a successful workforce and who wants to help develop the talents of graduates, apprentices and people passionate.

ELC, formerly known as Markerstudy Leisure, is an independent group of companies which includes A Warwick Park Hotel, Domain of the Solomons, Bewl Water and One Media UK, publisher of The Times.

Employers like ELC play a central role in the future of young talent, and with a nationwide skills shortage, the group is committed to addressing this issue.

“We want to give young people the opportunity to build a long-term career in an industry they love,” said Daniel Yardley, chef at Salomons Estate.

With a shared ambition to revitalize their local hospitality sector, the committed and motivated team across the group explains that employment figures in the industry are still slowly recovering from the pandemic.

And, with youth unemployment continuing to rise, there’s no better time to invest in such an enthusiastic generation.

“We want to give young people the opportunity to build a long-term career in an industry they love”

Jessica Porter, 20, from East Sussex, started her digital marketing apprenticeship at ELC in August 2021, where she began building her portfolio.

With hands-on experience, on-site classes, and dedicated study time, the program not only provided him with valuable skills and real-world experience, but also comprehensive support in continuing education. as she retakes her math exam.

“My apprenticeship not only gave me a career path, but also life skills that developed me as a person,” she said.

Jessica is four months away from qualifying and should be given a full-time position. The company also recently named Elana van Leeuwen (pictured above).

The door is never closed when it comes to growth, according to Terry Antoine, who was previously a catering supervisor and is now a computer apprentice, highlighting the support he has received.

“I was looking for a new opportunity in a slightly different career path, but due to my history at Elite Leisure Collection and my love for the business, I wanted to stay, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when I ‘ve heard about the availability of Computer Learning here at Salomons Estate,” said Terry.

“Everyone deemed me capable of taking the leap and becoming the next IT member. Although it was sad to see me go, even my manager was incredibly supportive in my next endeavor.

Apprenticeship is not the only path available. ELC actively encourages graduates, students and those wishing to pursue a career to contact [email protected]


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