Greene King ahead of apprentice target

By Liam Garrahan contact

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Luke Myers is the 1000th apprentice to be recruited by Greene King this year
Luke Myers is the 1000th apprentice to be recruited by Greene King this year

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Greene King has announced that it has recruited its 1,000th apprentice of 2015, putting the firm ahead of its target of employing 2,000 apprentices by March 2016.

Greene King is in a partnership with national apprenticeship provider Lifetime Training. They have employed 5,500 apprentices since 2011 in an effort to attract more young people to the hospitality sector.

18-year-old Luke Myers was appointed as a production and cooking apprentice at the Yorkshire Grey pub in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. His role, which will see him train in a busy kitchen and continue his academic studies, will help fast-track him into higher positions.

Myers said: “The apprenticeship route appealed to me because of the ‘learning on the job’ aspect of the role. It has been hard work, but also a great opportunity to learn about what it takes to succeed in a professional kitchen and how to create a customer-friendly menu.”

Jane Connor, Greene King’s director of human resources said: “As students across the country receive their A Level and GCSE results, it is important for them to be aware of the alternative education and career paths that exist outside of traditional education. At Greene King we want to support young people get that all-important first step on the career ladder.

“Apprenticeships provide learners with valuable skills which will help them to build a career. We offer opportunities to those of all ages and we hope that over the coming years we are able to further grow and develop the scheme.

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