St Austell relaunches its chef apprenticeship scheme

St Austell is relaunching its chef apprenticeship scheme in partnership with colleges across the West Country.

St Austell Family Group is relaunching its chef apprenticeship scheme in partnership with colleges across the West Country.

The brewer and pub company hopes to attract a variety of candidates of all ages, from school leavers and those starting their careers, to those seeking a career change or new challenge.

St Austell apprenticeships come with some benefits including 30% off food and drink and 50% off accommodation in the company’s managed pubs.

The programme guarantees a minimum of 30 hours practical time in the kitchen, with a starting rate of at £9 per hour for under 21-year-olds. This hands-on experience is supported with regular college classes that take place at least once a fortnight during term time. On completing the programme, successful apprentices will receive a formal qualification.

"We’re excited to be relaunching our popular chef apprenticeship programme for another year and welcoming new recruits to our pubs," says Jon Kelley, early careers manager at St Austell. "We believe quality training and nurturing talent is at the heart of staff retention. That’s why we’re looking to invest in at least 30 chef apprentices, offering them hands-on experience and industry mentorship, with a formal qualification on top.

"To really change people’s perception of a career in hospitality - arguably one of the most important industries in our region - we need to also change the way we train to carry on nurturing talent. That’s something we’re immensely proud of at St Austell.”

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