With the news having broken that youth unemployment has hit the one million mark, Marco Pierre White, the celebrity chef has taken the time to come out of his own kitchen and back a major new initiative from Greene King that has nearly 700 apprentices working in its restaurants and pubs right across the UK.
Pierre White, who was himself an apprentice in his youth, will be helping to launch the brewer and pub retailers ‘Discovery Apprentice’ programme at a cookery demonstration and master class to be held at Greene king’s headquarters and brewery in Suffolk, and at the same time celebrate the achievements of some of the first apprentices to have qualified.
Greene King are set to become one of the largest UK providers of apprenticeships in the hospitality trade. Already more that 250 of their employees have completed their apprenticeships, there are 425 currently in training and they have the plans in place to extend the programme so they will have a further 1300 apprentices by next year.
Jonathan Webster, managing director of Greene King’s Destination Pubs and Restaurants division at Greene King explained that the company was committed to helping young people to gain qualifications and to progress their careers in a variety of roles within the hospitality sector.
“Our aim is not to just provide a ‘pub job’ but to offer a clear career path for our employees. Our Discovery Apprenticeship programme allows our employees to gain qualifications while gaining hands-on experience on the job.
“We hope our current apprentices will become our house managers, regional managers, development chefs and even directors of the future, and we might even have a future Michelin star rated chef among this crop of apprentices,” he said.
The programme has been introduced to train and develop employees across the pub company’s 2,400 pubs, including its Hungry Horse and Old English Inn pub chains, Loch Fyne Restaurants and its main brewery site.
For more information about Greene King’s Discovery Apprenticeship programme visit: www.greenekingcareers.co.uk