Greene King pub company celebrates 10,000 apprentice milestone

Greene King apprentice, Rachael McAtee
05/03/2018 - 09:56
Pub retailer and brewer Greene King is today (5 March) celebrating its 10,000 apprentice milestone since launching in 2011, coinciding with National Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March).

Supporting young people “build a long-term career in hospitality,” the Greene King Apprenticeship Programme offers roles for leadership and management, brewing, chefs, bar and front-of-house staff, who will achieve “industry-leading” qualifications upon completion.

Chief executive Rooney Anand explained: “(Greene King) has invested in its apprenticeship programme for seven years now and it’s great that we’ve been able to support 10,000 of our team members during that time.

“But it won’t stop there, as we recognise it’s more important than ever that we continue to bring young people into the hospitality industry and show that it can provide a stable, exciting and rewarding career.

To further support young people, the company launched its three-week Get Into Hospitality programme partnership with The Prince’s Trust in 2016, which is designed to “address the skills and experience gaps that prevent unemployed young people from getting into work.”

Anand added: “Our apprenticeship programme and partnership with The Prince’s Trust are leading the way and we look forward to welcoming others to develop their skills and build a career with us.”

Greene King apprentice Rachael McAtee, commented: “The Get Into Hospitality Programme really gave me the confidence to explore a career in hospitality, and it was fantastic to be offered a front of house role with Greene King at the end of it.

“I settled into that role quickly and it didn’t take long before I was recommended to apply for the Greene King Apprenticeship programme. I’ve not only achieved a Level 2 F&B services, an industry recognised qualification, but I’m working my way up the ranks and exploring further development opportunities available to me. For those wondering what a career in the hospitality industry would be like, I encourage them to take the leap. It’s definitely worth it!”

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