Greene King to take on 10,000 apprentices

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Pub operator and brewer Greene King has pledged to take on 10,000 apprentices over the next three years.

The announcement, made on the first day of National Apprenticeship Week, follows last year’s commitment to hire 2,000 apprentices in the 12 months to March 2016 – a number the company says it has exceeded. The new promise will mean that the company will have supported over 17,000 apprentice positions by 2019. Greene King has been running the scheme since 2011.

Rooney Anand, Greene King’s chief executive, said: ‘We are thrilled to have exceeded our 2015 apprenticeship target. The fact that we are now aiming to hit an even higher target of 10,000 is a reflection that as a leader within the UK’s hospitality industry, we believe we have a responsibility to support young people by creating these opportunities to earn and learn.

‘Not only do we want to ensure our apprentices have a great experience, we want to continue to improve the programme itself. We will provide the best advice and guidance to potential learners so they understand their commitment and ensure the qualification is best suited to their career aspirations.’

The scheme offers bespoke qualifications that cover a range of job roles including front of house, kitchen and management, tailored to each of the Greene King retail brands, which include Hungry Horse, Old English Inns, Chef & Brewer and Flaming Grill. Greene King currently operates over 3,000 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland.

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Claire Dodd

As a freelance journalist, Claire has written about pretty much any topic you can imagine, from which are the best sausages, to how to flood-proof your home. However, her writing on drinks began when she landed a job as a features writer for the Publican magazine in 2007. Adjusting to a lifestyle of sampling the best drinks from around the world was tough, but someone had to do it. Having left the title in 2011, today Claire focuses on drinks and travel writing for both consumer and trade titles. Aside from searching the globe for the best drinks, and the nicest spots to consume them, she also judges global brewing competitions and keeps an eye on the business moves of the on-trade.

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