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WHY CALUM CHOSE AP­PREN­TICE­SHIP OVER UNI Five-star train­ing at Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel is set­ting 19-year-old up nicely for a ca­reer in hos­pi­tal­ity

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The Scot­tish Ap­pren­tice­ship Show takes place at Ed­in­burgh’s EICC on Septem­ber 2 and 3 and Glas­gow Sci­ence Cen­tre on Oc­to­ber 7 and 8. For more info on at­tend­ing, spon­sor­ing or ex­hibit­ing, visit www. scot­tishap­pren­tice­ship BY MARIA CROCE maria.croce@reach­ CALUM Gullen is en­joy­ing the chance to learn about the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try – and earn at the same time.

The 19-year-old is on a three-year ap­pren­tice­ship and cur­rently works as a guest ser­vices co-or­di­na­tor at Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel.

Calum, from Muck­hart, Clack­man­nan­shire, chose an ap­pren­tice­ship over go­ing to univer­sity – and has no re­grets.

He also rec­om­mends this train­ing route for oth­ers.

And for young peo­ple who want to find out more, the Scot­tish Ap­pren­tice­ship Show takes place this au­tumn.

The coun­try’s top em­ploy­ers will be on hand to an­swer ques­tions about how an ap­pren­tice­ship can help a ca­reer.

The show will be at Ed­in­burgh’s EICC on Septem­ber 2 and 3 and Glas­gow Sci­ence Cen­tre on Oc­to­ber 7 and 8.

Calum ex­plained: “The ap­pren­tice­ship works well for me as it al­lows me to build my ex­pe­ri­ence and opens up op­por­tu­ni­ties for the fu­ture.

“The first two years I have moved on a ro­ta­tional ba­sis around house­keep­ing, food and bev­er­age, kitchens and front of­fice. The ro­ta­tions last six months and I also study the SVQ Level 2 in hos­pi­tal­ity.

“In my third year, I have the op­tion to spe­cialise in one area of the busi­ness while also study­ing my next level of qual­i­fi­ca­tion. I am hop­ing to fo­cus on food and bev­er­age.”

Calum said he ap­plied for an ap­pren­tice­ship be­cause he saw it was a good op­por­tu­nity.

He added: “I loved the idea of ‘earn while you learn’ – and with the pres­ti­gious Gle­nea­gles hav­ing this ap­pren­tice­ship on of­fer, it was too good to pass by.

“The ex­per­tise and knowl­edge some of the teams have here at Gle­nea­gles is amaz­ing and I have learnt so much in my first two years.

“It is very en­cour­ag­ing also to see other ap­pren­tices who have made the same jour­ney and are now in man­age­rial roles at Gle­nea­gles.

“One day, I would like to see my­self in a gen­eral man­ager po­si­tion of a ho­tel.”

Calum can’t rec­om­mend an ap­pren­tice­ship highly enough.

He said: “I was torn be­tween univer­sity and this ap­pren­tice­ship but I’m 100 per cent sure I made the right de­ci­sion as this is al­low­ing me the prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence as well as qual­i­fy­ing.”

AM­BI­TIOUS Calum has his sights set on be­com­ing a ho­tel man­ager

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