Forget the 'slave labour' approach to student
placements. That's not our style. We offer placements in order to
build relationships with the next generation of hospitality
specialists. So you benefit from four-star experience, while we
meet the industry's most promising new people.
It's a mutually-beneficial approach, and it works. It even
earned us Springboard's 'Best Student Placement Provider' award.
About your placement
We have opportunities in food & beverages, reception,
accommodation sales, housekeeping, childcare and entertainment.
Your career ambitions will determine which area you apply to, but
only your enthusiasm for hospitality will win you a place.
Placements usually last six months to a year, and we'll make
sure you get a structured training plan. You'll also have a mentor
chosen from the hotel team, not to mention the friendship and
support of your fellow trainees.
Ultimately, we want to give you a placement experience that's
not just valuable to your career, but personally rewarding too.
Bright students don't take long to learn the ropes. So if you're
with us for a full year (and show some real potential) we'll
encourage you to join our supervisor training programme.
This six-week programme covers all sorts of coaching and
leadership training, along with useful presentations from various
hotel staff. It's all about inspiring your future in the
And it's not just a listening exercise. We often involve our
supervisory students in the hotel's improvement programmes. Before
you know it, your idea could be rolled out across the resort.
Not only does all this look good on your CV, it could lead to a
full-time position right here at Crieff Hydro.
"I'm on a one year reception internship as part of my 4 Year
Degree programme in International Hotel Management from ICHM,
My placement's divided into three sections. Initially, I
learned reception procedures and all about the resort. That's
a daunting task! There's so much to learn because it's a huge
place. My next section is as Night Auditor. With the small
team on nights, there's loads of responsibility. I've learned
how to audit bills, really deal with guest issues, and the
importance of closing off the day's business. Working on
nights has given me a completely
different perspective on how the business works, as most people
don't get the chance to see what goes on through the night. Hotels
"The second year of my BA Honours, Culinary Arts Management
Degree, University College Birmingham required me to complete a one
year placement in a kitchen. I wanted to stay in the UK and
the Industry Placement Office recommended I had a look at Crieff
Hydro, because a student in a previous year had a successful
placement there. I was quite nervous, but when I got
here I was made to feel at ease straight away. I met up with
other students, and the Brasserie Kitchen team was very
interestingand welcoming. Coming up and seeing the hotel sold
it to me.
I'm now a lot more confident in my cooking, and the team
encourages me to try out new ideas. I've been on the pastry
section since I began as this was a section I was particularly
interested in. It's my own section, and I have a real sense
of ownership and pride in what I do. It's hard work, and on a
busy night I've served up 250!