The UK’s largest pub retailer and brewer has pledged to continue its efforts to ease the UK hospitality industry’s skills gap.
Greene King has said it will continue to train young people throughout 2017 through its apprenticeship scheme and The Prince’s Trust Get into Hospitality programme.
In order to keep up with demand, it’s estimated a staggering 1.3m additional staff – including 11,000 chefs – will be required by 2024.
Last year, the pub company and brewer announced it would offer 10,000 apprenticeships over the next three years and it is on track to fulfil this pledge. The business has welcomed more than 9,000 apprentices through its doors since launching the scheme in 2011.
‘It’s more important than ever that we continue to bring young people into the hospitality industry and show that it can provide a stable, exciting and rewarding career path,’ Rooney Anand, Greene King chief executive, said. ‘It is becoming recognised that there is a skills shortage for back of house roles, so we’re keen to develop talent in this area.’
Greene King operates 3,000 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland.