Pizza Express launches undergraduate training scheme

Restaurant chain Pizza Express has launched a new undergraduate scheme for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in hospitality.

The firm will be offering only four undergraduates the chance to join the company in September 2014 and work full-time for a year before going back to university to complete their respective degrees. The scheme will act as a 'year in industry', where the individuals can develop their hospitality skills in all-round management.

Students will receive full training and support, enjoy development courses, the opportunity to lead their own projects and be mentored by senior managers. Furthermore, to see what it is like to work in different branches and cities, the students will spend half the placement year in Manchester and the other in Edinburgh.

Once a student has completed their year, they will have the chance to take up a 'Manager on duty' position at a Pizza Express branch close to their university, giving them the perfect opportunity to continue their training as they study. After graduation, the individual can then potentially secure a permanent role through the firm's fast track management programme.

Amanda Underwood, Pizza Express HR director, said: “The hospitality industry offers rewarding long-term careers with the chance of quick progression, yet the perception amongst many young people is different, meaning that many won’t consider a career in the sector. We hope that by interesting them early and investing in their skills and training, they will see the wealth of opportunities this industry has to offer."

Ms Underwood added that not only is the firm planning to create thousands of new hospitality jobs over the next few years through the company's expansion plans, but it is also going to increase the number of placements available in future years.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency providing chef recruitment solutions.