Apprentice makes the grade at four star hotel

James Richardson

James Richardson

An apprentice at one of Bristol’s biggest hotels has impressed his employers so much he is being fast tracked to become a full time member of staff.

James Richardson, who comes from Clevedon, is currently studying Business and Administration at Brunel & Gordano Training while gaining hands on experience at DoubleTree by Hilton, Bristol on Redcliffe Way.

Only nine months into his course the bosses at the newly refurbished hotel now want James to take on more responsibility and become a permanent member.

He now plans to complete his NVQ Level 2 course while working at the hotel.

James comments: “The apprentice scheme has been brilliant for me.

“I feel it provides you with more knowledge not just about the course, but also greater knowledge of a working environment which is better compared to just doing a standalone college course.

“Working at DoubleTree by Hilton, Bristol has been amazing. It really is a case of performing as I’m meeting and serving paying customers so everything has to be right.

“There’s no margin for error and you can’t get that experience in the classroom and the team here has been great helping me along.”

John Dowling, General Manager at the hotel comments: “Since he has been with us James has shown a level of maturity way beyond his years.

“He is keen, willing to learn and very enthusiastic. His commitment is also excellent and is why we’ve offered to fast-track him at the hotel.”