WARDO Kamerling has been appointed junior assistant manager at Tylney Hall, the award-winning Hampshire hotel where he trained during his hotel business management course.

The 27-year-old Dutchman originally planned a career in the financial sector but got a taste for the hotel and catering industry when he left high school in Amsterdam.

"I began studying economics and needed to get a job to help pay my rent," he said.

"I started working as a waiter, which introduced me to the hotel industry and after that I changed my mind about wanting to go into the financial world!"

Wardo began studying hotel business management and his degree course included a 12-month internship.

His first placement was in the sales department of a large hotel in Amsterdam and he then came to the UK and spent five months working at Tylney Hall at Rotherwick, near Hook.

"I spent three months as a commis waiter in the hotel restaurant and that was a new experience for me," he said.

"In Holland you just have waiters and a restaurant manager and in the UK you have different ranks of waiters, so it was all very interesting. I then spent two months working as a room service waiter before going back to Holland and graduating."

Wardo then heard there was a career opportunity for him at Tylney Hall and he returned to the hotel last September and became an assistant room service manager before being appointed to his new position.

"I was delighted to get the job as I already knew the hotel and I am really looking forward to my new position as part of the management team," he said.