25 year old Daniel McLoughlin has been named as the 2015 Acorn Scholar.
McLoughlin,restaurant manager at Exclusive Hotels’ South Lodge hotel, becomes the 13th Scholar to impress the judging panel with his commitment to developing a mentoring scheme for college students.
The judges, including restaurateur James Horler and chef Mark Sergeant heard Daniel talk about setting up a scheme to bridge the gap between colleges and full time roles. McLoughlin aims to own his own business after being a general manager of a five-star hotel, and hopes to further develop his human resources skills, team motivation techniques and financial knowledge within food and beverage during his year as the Acorn Scholar.
Horler described McLoughlin as highly driven: “[He] has already proved his commitment to his own development since last year. The Acorn Scholarship can help him identify his next steps and help him put his plan into effect. He will be a great ambassador for the Acorn Scholarship.”
The 25 year old receives a prize valued at over £7,000, including a £2,000 bursary for professional development, plus monthly coaching sessions with the Acorn Scholarship team, a trip to Villeroy & Boch in Luxembourg and a designated mentor to guide him through the year as a scholar.
The Acorn Scholarship is a self-nominated award and is open to individuals who are UK residents and able to work in the UK without restriction.