Compass Group UK & Ireland has launched a new business, Compass Scotland, to provide catering and support services for clients based in Scotland.
Having operated in the country for 70 years, Compass has decided to launch its business, which already operates in over Scottish 300 sites, as a new division headed by managing director David Hay.
The division inherits contracts in the education, workplace catering, defence, sports and leisure sectors, as well as Aberdeen-based offshore business. Clients include Edinburgh Zoo, Chrysaor, EICC and Merchiston School.
A key element of the new business’s activities is a commitment to apprenticeships and a partnership with the chef Tom Kitchin. Compass Scotland is committed to the creation and development of its own apprenticeship scheme, which will take employees from level 2 to degree level 6.
The business aims to deliver “an industry-leading, aspirational career pathways structure including accredited qualifications and modern apprenticeships that offer genuine opportunities for skills development and progression”. The apprenticeship programme will work closely with Scottish specific clients, hospitality industry stakeholders, colleges, and a training provider.
Hay said: “Our size and scale sets us apart and this new era of Compass Scotland will take us from strength to strength while recognising the need for our sector to focus on skills and development.
”At the heart of our business is the Scottish leadership group, a team of experts which continues to focus on learning, customer-focused service and sector innovation.”
Kitchin will operate as a ‘culinary ambassador’ on the programme.
Compass Group styles the launch as “a long-term strategy for the Scottish business which will draw the collective skills, passion and excellence of the Scottish teams, creating a hub with shared HR, finance, culinary, sales, technology, marketing support and best practice. Compass Scotland will also continue building relationships with farmers and suppliers throughout Scotland, celebrating provenance and championing good quality produce.”
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