National Apprenticeship Week 2015 is taking place this week (starting March 9th), and hospitality firms from across the UK are supporting the drive.
The initiative is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, and many pubs, hotels and restaurants are celebrating the week.
Employers including Greene King have thrown their weight behind the scheme, with Rooney Anand, chief executive at Greene King, commenting: “Apprenticeships help to reduce team turnover, increase employee engagement and provide us with the opportunity to grow our own talent by investing in our people and supporting their career ambitions.”
Mr Anand also noted that the company will be taking on another 2,000 apprentices this year, and emphasised the importance of giving young people a leg up on the career ladder. He noted that this move is a testament to the level of support Greene King provides to the hospitality industry, as well as investment in employees.
Since last summer, more than 75 per cent of all recruited apprentices have gone into back of house jobs as the programme aims to combat the industry shortage of chefs.
Isabelle Pearson, a finalist in the National Apprentice Awards, was an apprentice for Greene King and went from part-time bar staff to managing her own pub in just three years.
She commented: “The training and support I have received has been invaluable to help me forge a career in the hospitality industry. My apprenticeship has taught me some vital skills which have helped me in my new role running a pub and managing a team.”
Also supporting National Apprenticeship Week is Admiral Taverns, which announced a new partnership with LearnDirect. This move will allow the company to offer BIIAB Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships in Licensed Hospitality.
Furthermore, staff will also have the opportunity to gain professional qualifications designed specifically for pubs taught by industry specialists. Trainers from LearnDirect will head to Admiral pubs every four weeks, where they will visit candidates in order to track their progress and set targets.