(photo: Compass Group UK & Ireland)
09.02.2021, 08:59

Hiring the Smile, Training the Skill

Catering, Talent, United Kingdom, Apprenticeships

Jonathan Foot, Head of Apprenticeships & Early Careers at Compass Group UK & Ireland, considers some of the benefits of apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week.


This week we are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week across England and Wales.


At Compass Group UK & Ireland we have a passion for food, our people and for great services. We have made a commitment to apprenticeships at Compass and support the skill development of existing employees, as well as attracting new talent. Our apprenticeship programmes clearly show a structured visible roadmap to enable individuals to progress, allowing us to retain great people.


We work closely with our partners, training providers and colleges to deliver industry-leading and aspirational apprenticeships in Culinary, Facilities, Business Management, Events, HR, Finance, IT/Digital, Sales and Procurement.


Our apprenticeships have been developed to take apprentices from level 2 up to level 6 and 7, degree apprenticeships. We have created career paths which offer genuine opportunities for all roles and ages across all business sectors within Compass.


We are proud to have continued to support hundreds of apprentices throughout the pandemic to continue to progress and achieve their apprenticeship qualification. The foodservice and hospitality industry has been one of the most badly effected by the COVID-19 crisis. It has always been a vital part of the UK economy, offering meaningful employment for millions of committed workers, and the time will come again very soon when our industry is back on its feet. At that point we will need a motivated and well-trained workforce to breathe new life into our venues and operations.


Apprenticeships are open to everyone – no matter what stage of your career you are at or what formal education you have undertaken. If you’re interested in apprenticeships and have a passion for learning, please take the opportunity this week to find out more about how an apprenticeship can shape your life and change your future.


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