At Greene King we are very proud of our award-winning apprenticeship programme. Following the recent National Apprenticeship Week, Graham Briggs, our apprenticeship manager, talks through some of his highlights…

On Monday I travelled to London for the launch of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) at Canary Wharf, where I was given the chance to hear from other businesses and past apprentices about the success of apprenticeships. Then on Wednesday I was at Tottenham Hotspur FC to promote opportunities to school students and those seeking employment at an apprenticeship fair.

We are always trying to spread the word of the Greene King apprenticeship programme and obviously NAW is a great time to do this, but often the best thing about the week is being able to celebrate all the amazing stories from within the business.

While I was in London my colleagues were in Leicester at an apprenticeship celebration lunch recognising our latest group of apprentices from our Fayre & Square brand to have achieved a qualification. This group now brings us to 1,400 achievers who have successfully completed a qualification so far this financial year.

On Thursday we went from those finishing a qualification to those just beginning. In Wakefield a group of nine general managers were starting their level 4 programme, demonstrating apprenticeships are not just for young starters and that there is always an opportunity to learn and develop.

On Friday, Marc McGuigan, business unit director for Hungry Horse and our head of HR, David Haworth, were inspired by a visit to the Sunbeam Hungry Horse in Wolverhampton. The amazing thing about the pub is that it has nine apprentices in total. Dee, the General Manager, is brilliant at promoting apprenticeships as a way for her team to learn and progress. She sees a clear link with the team’s development and the performance of the business and Lookingeven runs Sunday morning learning sessions.

Working in apprenticeships is very rewarding and I am glad to be working in a company that sees the potential that can be unlocked through a successful apprenticeship programme. If you would like to find out more click here.

Marc McGuigan (far left) and David Haworth (far right) visit apprentices at the Sunbeam Hungry Horse in Wolverhampton