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Hub International Cultivates Future Talent in Renfrewshire with the Guiding Influence of Michelin Starred Chef Graeme Cheevers

Hub international is thrilled to announce the successful graduation of 14 ambitious school leavers from the Renfrewshire Hospitality & Tourism Training Academy. These graduates have completed a comprehensive 6-week training program filled with innovative sessions, inspiring masterclasses, and hands-on experience, and completion of industry specific qualifications paving the way for promising careers in the hospitality industry.

The training academy, which officially commenced operations in September, provided essential skills development for the youth of Renfrewshire. Throughout their journey,  the trainees had the opportunity to learn from local industry experts; from mixology with world class Scottish bartender Ally Kelsey, practical cookery classes with local culinary experts, to latte art with top Scottish Baristas, providing the students with essential  technical skills and evoking a sense of passion for the hospitality industry.

Stephanie Wade, CEO of HUB International UK, expressed her enthusiasm for the journey and emphasised the commitment to nurturing the next generation of hospitality professionals. The program’s success was underlined by the array of experiences and opportunities provided to the trainees.

These graduates now enter the hospitality industry with a sense of passion, technical expertise, and the confidence to excel in various roles. The Hub International Training Academy’s mission is to support young talent in gaining the skills and employment opportunities they need to succeed.  This is just one example of the training academies like this that we are running.  It is our passion at Hub international to invest in the success of the hospitality industry and it’s made even better by creating a promising future for some of these young people.

Award winning Chef Graeme Cheevers has been a vital support during the program, inspiring many of the young people to follow in his footsteps. The trainees first met Graeme in their training base at the University of West of Scotland, as well as enjoying a visit to his Michelin Star Restaurant, UNALOME in Glasgow’s West End.

Graeme Cheevers, Chef Patron of UNALOME said ”I started at the bottom of the industry, making breakfast rolls and helping out in a kitchen, I wasn’t very academic. I always enjoyed hands-on jobs, working hard and being the best I could be, and achieving the Michelin Star for me represents that. I am really proud to be able to be a part of this journey for local youngsters and give back, supporting young people in the same place I grew up. What Hub International offers school leavers a great experience to get skills in all different sectors, which will allow them to choose a path that’s right for them. Hospitality gives us the skills and confidence to work anywhere, to enjoy world wide travel, different cultures and ultimately will always be work as there is such high demand for well trained people in our sector.

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