Craig returned to the UK after living in Spain for four years ago. He had no steady work prospects and knew that he needed to gain employment quickly, so he signed up at a local job centre and they connected him with The Prince’s Trust and Greene King

As well as being taught in the classroom, he gained valuable skills during placements in Greene King pubs. 95% of students, including Craig, achieved a Level 2 Food Safety certificate with Greene King. Over the past three years, the partnership between Greene King and The Prince’s Trust has supported over 300 young people, like Craig, allowing them to kick-start their careers in hospitality.

After he completed programme, Craig was offered employment at a Greene King pub in Portsmouth. Two years ago, Craig relocated to Newcastle but was able to continue working for Greene King at the Gold Medal. 

Today, Craig is still employed at the Gold Medal and has be promoted to an assistant manager role for his excellent service.  Craig said, “Instead of waiting for opportunities to come to you, go out and chase them because nothing in life comes to you for free.”

He said that without the apprenticeship programme he would not have gained steady employment as quickly as he did or had the career progression he has seen. 

He attributes his success to his participation in Greene King’s award-winning apprenticeship programme, which taught him to focus on the tasks at hand and also to have goals which push him forward. Craig has set the future goal to manage his own Greene King pub.

“If you are questioning doing an apprenticeship, go and do it, learn about the hospitality industry.  You have nothing to lose and if it is not for you, at least you learned and tried something new.”