A partnership geared towards attracting talented students to careers in the hotel industry has been launched in Manchester.

Manchester Hoteliers’ Association and Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Met) are behind the initiative that will see 10 final year undergraduates link up with general managers of some of the region’s most high-profile hotels.

The mentorship programme will see hospitality undergraduates interact with general managers on at least five occasions.

In a bid to create closer ties with the hotel community Manchester Met has already launched a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship in Hospitality, which sees full-time hotel employees study part-time and utilising the apprentice Levy or SME funding sources.

It also comes after The British Hospitality Association (BHA) recently submitted to the Government a 10-year-plan to encourage more UK people to consider a career in hospitality.

MHA Chair Adrian Ellis said 1,259 hotel rooms are due to open across Greater Manchester in 2018 – and has urged students and those interested in hospitality to join the boom.

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