Living Ventures apprenticeships to tackle skills shortage

By Sophie Witts contact

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Living Ventures runs the Gusto restaurant chain
Living Ventures runs the Gusto restaurant chain

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Living Ventures is teaming up with The City of Liverpool College to introduce a chef academy running apprenticeships for young people.

The company, which currently operates Gusto, Olive and The Alchemist in the city, said the scheme was developed to tackle skills shortages in the Merseyside region.

Trainees will learn ‘kitchen survival skills’ to equip them with the knowledge and attitude to work in a busy team.

John Branagan, chef director at Living Ventures, said: “The academy is a result of our desire to help tackle the national chef shortage and provide viable careers for the young people of Liverpool.”

The 12-18 month apprenticeships will see chefs train on-the-job in Living Ventures restaurants while attending The City of Liverpool College one day per week.

Students will receive 'motivational talks' from industry figures alongside specialised training in different areas of hospitality.

Candidates aged 16-24 are invited to attend a recruitment day held on 20 October at Red Door, Berry Street, Liverpool.

Those interested in developing their culinary skills can complete an application via The City of Liverpool College at

Living Ventures was founded in 1999 by the late Tim Bacon and Jeremy Roberts.

The group now operates over 30 UK bars and restaurants including Manchester House, Red Door and Artisan.

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