A group of unemployed young people from the Ipswich area have completed Greene King and The Prince’s Trust’s Get into Hospitality programme to help them find work in the hospitality sector.

A celebration event took place at Greene King headquarters in Bury St Edmunds, which saw 10 young people recollect their experiences and receive certificates in front of family, friends and representatives from both organisations.

Launched just 12 months ago, this was the 10th Get into Hospitality programme to be run by Greene King and The Prince’s Trust.  To date they have supported 103 disadvantaged young people across the country to address the skills and experience gaps that prevent them from getting into work.

The young people, all aged between 16 and 25, spent three weeks learning about many aspects of hospitality, including guest service, alcohol licensing laws and food preparation. As well as being taught in the classroom, the students gained valuable skills during their placements in Greene King pubs across the Ipswich area.

Rooney Anand, Greene King’s chief executive officer, said: “We are proud of the young people who have completed our Get into Hospitality course in Ipswich.  They showed great courage to look into the scheme and came along to face new learning experiences. For many of them, this is an important step to get their first job in hospitality and we are pleased to have been able to support them.”

Rebekah Groenewald, who was based at The Tollgate in Bury St Edmunds for her placement, said: “I have been struggling with anxiety and depression but I'm determined to do well for my little girl. She's only 18 months and means the world to me. I found out about the programme and thought this would get me going in the right direction. I'm so pleased I took part as I've had an amazing experience with Greene King and The Prince's Trust. I've realised I am more confident than I thought I was.” 

Rebekah’s experience with Greene King is set to continue as she has since been offered a position at a pub in the region.

Dame Martina Milburn chief executive of The Prince’s Trust, said: “We are so very grateful to Greene King for partnering with The Trust to help young people look to the future with confidence. The Get into Hospitality programme in Ipswich has been a great success, and we look forward to working closely with Greene King to help more young people gain vital skills in the workplace. I offer my congratulations to all those who have completed the course.”