Over the next three years 200 apprentices will be taught how to be a pizza chef, or pizzaiolo, through the one-year course which is being run with help from City & Guilds and Lifetime Training.
Apprentices will work closely with existing kitchen staff to learn the art behind the perfect pizza while also working towards gaining an Intermediate (Level 2) Apprenticeship in Kitchen Services.
Pizza Express chief executive Richard Hodgson said: ”We’re a big brand with a big responsibility to lead our sector. This means investing in our people, creating new opportunities, giving our teams a reason to feel good about what they do and, by doing so, ensuring the quality of our food for the nation’s pizza-lovers.”
Speaking at the launch last week MP Matthew Hancock, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills, said: "Hands-on experience with one of the country's leading restaurant chains will prove invaluable for people wanting to go into hospitality. Our aim is that going to university or doing an apprenticeship becomes the new norm, providing a fully trained workforce to keep the UK ahead in the global race."