A RECRUITMENT drive is under way to find 100 staff to fill posts created by a hotel’s £15million expansion plans.
Ramside Hall in Durham is looking to Wearside to boost its workforce as it has 47 new guest rooms and a spa built.
They will join the 400 workers already employed by Ramside Estates.
Victoria Hope, human resources manager for the firm, added: “We’ll be recruiting from across the region, especially in our key catchment area of Sunderland, and expect our training provision to increase in line with this.”
“We place high importance on training and personal development and are keen to promote opportunities for a career in hospitality.” The announcement comes after one of the hotel’s apprentices picked up a national award.
Callum Gallagher, 22, won the British Institute of Innkeeping’s national apprentice of the year award while training at the hotel’s learners’ academy, run in association with Nottinghamshire-based Charnwood Training Group.
Callum was nominated by his peers after signing up for a hotel management training programme, with his latest title following on from Ramside Estates’ employee of the year award in 2013 and a Shooting Star Award at the North East Hotels Excellence Awards. The trainee manager, one of 60 staff to go through the hotel’s academy, said: “The past year has been tough at home as my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer, but the training has given me something positive to focus on.
“I wasn’t sure about starting the course at the beginning, but it has given me lots of confidence and made me determined to succeed and make something of my life.
“I’m proud to have won a national award, especially as the standards were so high.”
John Adamson, managing director of Ramside Estates, said: “Callum has proven himself to be focused and driven when it comes to advancing his knowledge and career, and he’s certainly impressed his peers through his determination.”