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Brend Hotels

Inspiring our leaders of tomorrow

Having offered vocational training and formal apprenticeships to staff since 2004, and as one of the top 150 employers in the South West, we launched The Brend Training Academy in January 2015. Partnered with HIT Training, the leading specialist training and apprenticeship provider for the UK’s hospitality industry, the Academy has trained over 330 apprentices, which represents a quarter of the workforce to date.

With over 50 years’ experience in the hospitality sector, our family-run business has been a permanent fixture in the West Country with the name, Brend, becoming synonymous with a reputation for the lavish comfort and exquisite settings of our 11 luxury hotels and numerous restaurants. 

“Our entire Brend ethos is developing our own, whether that be a young budding chef or someone with a passion for floristry. That has be proven over the 50 years of operating where we have always looked to promote those who were once just stepping on the hospitality ladder in to the most senior of roles in the company. 

With the creation of the Brend Training Academy, it’s given even more opportunities to those who live in our communities to jump on board and develop their own skill set and gain accredited qualifications in a wide range of vocations, be it a specific passion like cocktails, digital marketing or gardening or a more broader passion to be the next member of a Brend Hotels management team. We already have so many success stories within the training academy, who are now helping shape the future success of the Brend Hotels, we very much look forward to the next crop of future stars. ” - Matthew Brend, Director

“Our continued aim is to become a beacon of industry excellence in all senses of the term.”

In 2018, we decided to increase our training offering and collaborated with HIT to develop a bespoke new Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship. As one of the most demanding hospitality courses available, it provides industry-relevant management training for those seeking to further their career in the sector and challenges the preconception that apprenticeships are only available to teenagers and young people with apprentices aged from 25 to 50.

Explore our academy and apprenticeship offerings

For more information on our academy, apprenticeship testimonials, or career opportunities please see below or email Stella at [email protected].