Increasingly popular apprenticeships are stepping stone to success for school leavers

Greene King has announced it is recruiting for more than 300 live apprenticeship opportunities, attracting school leavers and young people into the hospitality industry. These professional development opportunities are open to all those over 16 years old, providing further excellent opportunities for those who receive their A Level results this week. Further roles will be going live over the summer.

The business also confirms that it remains on track to meet its 2016 industry-leading pledge to deliver 10,000 apprentices over a three year period.

Greene King’s award-winning apprenticeship programme highlights that higher education, an avenue which has traditionally proved popular, isn’t the only choice available to young people. Earn-while-you-learn schemes are becoming increasingly popular with young people looking to gain the skills to build a successful career without the associated long-term financial burden.

Greene King launched its apprenticeship programme in 2011. Since then, more than 9,000 people have participated in the scheme, which offers roles for chefs, bar staff and front of house staff, and combines on-the-job training and classroom learning to help team members achieve industry-leading qualifications and progress on to building a long-term retail career in hospitality.

Kieron Fisher has seen first-hand the benefits of progressing through the Greene King Apprenticeship Programme, having joined the scheme in February 2017. He said: “After receiving my A levels results, I was torn between going to university and staying in my current role as a team member at the Greene King’s Nottingham Knight pub. I was actually offered a place at university but found out about the company’s apprenticeship programme and applied straight away.  I was enjoying my role so was really happy to be accepted onto the scheme, especially as it meant I’d be able to continue working with my team, who I get on well with, while gaining qualifications.” 

The less talked-about side of apprenticeships is just how beneficial they are for businesses, something James Newton, Kieron’s deputy manager at The Nottingham Knight pub will attest.

“Since Kieron joined us he’s hit the ground running and has been a big hit with both our locals and the team. His coming on board has been great for the wider business too. Our team members who have been with the business for longer enjoy passing on the skills that they’ve learned over the years to contribute to Kieron’s professional development. It instils a huge sense of pride and contributes to great morale and motivation internally. I highly encourage those leaving school or college to start a career in hospitality to consider applying for an apprenticeship programme – there are so many benefits.”

Graham Briggs, apprenticeship manager at Greene King, said: “Apprenticeships offer an alternative and credible path for those looking to begin their career after leaving school or college, and earning money while doing so. We are particularly proud of our apprenticeship programme and the number of young people that it has helped to realise their ambitions of a rewarding career. As a leading business in the UK’s hospitality sector we’re also delighted that, through our scheme, we’re able to create a sustainable pipeline of skills for the future, ensuring that the industry continues to contribute to the UK’s economy and employment.”

Find out more about Greene King's award-winning apprenticeship programme.