Andras Hotels plans 60 new jobs and major training programme

Chloe O’Toole, receptionist at Holiday Inn Belfast, pictured with Catherine McGeady, business development manager at Global Horizon Skills and Jacqueline Canning, HR manager in Andras Hotels

BELFAST hotel group Andras Hotels is gearing up for reopening with a major recruitment drive for 60 new staff and an ambitious food industry training programme across its seven properties.

Andras, which owns and operates the likes of the Crowne Plaza at Shaw's Bridge, Holiday Inn Express and Ibis Queen's Quarter, has teamed up with training provider Global Horizon Skills to deliver accredited NVQ qualifications.

This will ensure more than 80 staff have additional skills to deliver to guests, and help raise the bar in excellence in hospitality.

Jacqueline Canning, HR manager in Andras Hotels, said: “Our plan for the hotels after we reopen is to retrain all team members so they can work across various departments.

“Multi-tasking and flexible working will be the key to a successful relaunch. We expect to be busy this summer but alongside the peaks there will be dips in business levels.”

“The NVQ qualifications will allow team members to grow their skills and develop their careers in the group.

“We have so many really great people working with us, and we want to give them every opportunity for career progression and to allow them to move into new areas and stay with Andras Hotels.”

Catherine McGeady, business development manager at Global Horizon Skills said: “This delivery of apprenticeships allows new and existing team members to move into new areas of the business and expand their own horizons in their career progression.

“Food industry skills are in short supply nationally, so it is great to see an established company like Andras Hotels investing in its people.”

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