Merlin Entertainments launches apprenticeship programme for ‘progressing’ chefs and managers

07/03/2018 - 09:04
Visitor attraction operator, Merlin Entertainments, yesterday (6 March) launched a dedicated apprenticeship programme for “progressing” chefs and managers.

Designed in partnership with HIT Training, the five courses - Hospitality Team Member Food Production, Commis Chef, Chef De Partie, Senior Production Chef and Team Leader - are taught through a mix of work-based learning, workshops and visiting and networking across different Merlin attractions across the country.

Resourcing and development manager, Holly Foot, said: “Our attractions are constantly evolving so offering high-quality training is paramount to help develop and attract the calibre of chefs and managers (Merlin Entertainments) needs.

“The diversity of our business often makes it more difficult to recruit for specific roles. We hope that creating a tailored programme will allow our apprentices to acquire the knowledge needed to run the day-to-day operations at our attractions, providing them with the experience and inspiration to progress into their dream roles. We’re committed to providing the best learning environment in support of great careers in our industry.

“The team at HIT Training have gone above and beyond to make our vision a reality. They have hit the ground running, not just in terms of creating an apprenticeship programme that embodies the core values and ethos of our business but also with how they have integrated into our team. As a customer, there is a feeling that no matter who you are dealing with, everyone on the HIT team cares.”

Jill Whittaker, managing director at HIT Training, added: “Together with Merlin Entertainments, (HIT) has developed a flexible and unique training programme that will help to upskill current employees and attract future recruits.

“This is what we’re all about at HIT, which is why we’re proud to be supporting Merlin Entertainments to develop their talent and grow their business.”

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