Greene King, the UK’s leading pub company and brewer, has supported more than 1,000 apprentices on its award-winning programme since March 2020, either through starting or completing an apprenticeship, despite the challenges of a pandemic.

Announcing the achievement during National Apprenticeship Week, Greene King also confirmed it maintained more than 2,300 learners on its programmes, highlighting many of those furloughed made the most of the opportunity to learn when not being able to work.

Andrew Bush, chief people officer at Greene King, said: “Despite the heavy restrictions placed on the hospitality industry and the constant closing and opening of our pubs, our team members have remained really engaged, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to our apprenticeship programme. We worked hard to keep delivering our programmes during lockdowns and kept the apprenticeship opportunities open for our furloughed teams so we’re really pleased that so many have started or achieved their apprenticeship during 2020.”

Greene King has also announced it will expand its award-winning programme to offer 30 different apprenticeships to support its 40,000 team members, as it looks to build career opportunities for the future. Alongside its successful Level 2 – 7 Retail and Management career pathways, it will now introduce new apprenticeships including Associate Project Manager, Coaching Professional and Accountancy/Taxation Professional.  

Andrew continued: “National Apprenticeship Week is always a key date in our calendar as we are proud to invest heavily in our apprenticeship programme. While this year is very different due to lockdown measures, we are still committed to building careers for the future through our apprenticeship programme and it’s great that we’re able to now offer our teams up to 30 different apprenticeships with more to come.”

Greene King has now supported more than 13,000 apprentices since its programme began 10 years ago and through its social mobility programme, supports people into the business and onto its apprenticeships through its multiple partnerships with providers, colleges, universities and charities.