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.