Glasgow Kelvin College has welcomed a delegation of partners from India and today announced plans to develop a new apprenticeship for people with additional support needs.
Supported by Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills who launched the event at the MacDonald Crutherland Hotel in East Kilbride, guests from India and the College presented their plans to an audience of senior HR professionals in the hospitality sector and beyond.
The programme is funded by the UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) through the College and Skill Council for Persons with Disabilities. The business model already operates very successfully at The Lemon Tree Hotels Company, where much of the training is provided by Muskaan.
The Lemon Tree Hotels programme provides paid work-based training for people with Down’s Syndrome and autism. Fully supported by and integrated with their colleagues, the apprentices are treated and paid the same while learning their trade in the hotel and hospitality industry. This approach ensures that employers have hard-working, enthusiastic and committed employees who contribute to the development of the business and their communities.
Glasgow Kelvin College hopes to replicate this pioneering best practice through encouraging Scottish employers to support a similar programme in Scotland by providing work opportunities.
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