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. Praise indeed.
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 industry.
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, Adelaide, Australia.
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 never sleep!"
"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!