Pubco Ei Group launches new scheme to get students into pub jobs

16/02/2018 - 07:00
UK pub company Ei Group has introduced a new initiative aimed at landing school leavers jobs within the pub industry.

The group’s ‘Pub Pros’ programme will see sixth formers from six schools across England and Wales take part in a series of half-day workshops.

The workshops will be followed by a meet-the-publican session and conclude with an in-pub taster day this summer.

Ei Group, formerly Enterprise Inns, said the aim of the programme is to inform and inspire them about careers in pubs whilst building employability skills such as teamwork, leadership, assertiveness and critical thinking,

The scheme, will is being run in collaboration with education enrichment organisation, Stride, comes as the Department for Work and Pensions is promoting Hospitality Works, a month-long campaign promoting careers across the whole hospitality sector, and which has created more than 8,000 work placements since its launch in 2015.

One landlord who has signed-up to Pub Pros is Victoria MacDonald, at The Cellar House, Eaton Street, Norwich, who is working with 17 and 18-year-old pupils from City of Norwich School. 

She said: ““I love running The Cellar House, and if I can pass on some of my experience and knowledge, enthuse young people, and encourage them to at least think about a career in pubs, then Pub Pros will have been a success.”

Other publicans and schools taking part in the programme are based in Norfolk, Isleworth, Ruislip, Treorchy and Glamorgan.

Ei Group commercial director, Paul Harbottle, said: “The pub sector is often overlooked as a potential employment opportunity for young people, so together with Stride we’re trying to change that through our Pub Pros initiative.

“Pubs require passionate and entrepreneurial publicans, managers, bar staff and chefs if they’re to be successful, sustainable businesses, and continue to be an integral part of British life, and important community hubs.

“By partnering some great Ei Publican Partnerships pubs with local schools, we’re giving pupils the opportunity to really explore the sector, meet people who run pubs, and get a taste of them as exciting, fast-paced businesses. All of that, we hope, will inspire them to add our sector to their career choices.”

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