Browns says 'You're Hired!'
Browns has launched a pioneering new catering and hospitality management apprenticeship scheme in its restaurants across the UK to help find the rising stars of tomorrow, and kick-start a career development drive within the industry. Initially recruiting 60 apprentices to its new 12-month scheme, places have already been filled with front of house team members and chefs who will ultimately gain the Level 2 Food & Beverage Apprenticeship and Level 2 Professional Cookery Apprenticeship respectively.
Browns is initially investing £150,000 to launch the scheme which utilises an e-learning resource*, along with assessments being carried out by 'Mentor Assessors' who are Browns' very own General Managers and Head Chefs, all of whom have years of experience behind them. This means each apprentice is guided and coached through their apprenticeship by an individual who is in a position to provide continuous support and tailor their skills and knowledge.
The training and experience offered is unique in the industry in that Browns uses fresh ingredients and employs different styles of preparation and cooking creativity for its daily specials. Browns also prides itself on top levels of customer service, which is recognised around the country in all its estate.
Commenting on the launch, Vanessa Hall, Brand Operations Director for Browns said: "Browns has a fantastic track record in developing in our people and offering career progression. We our proud of our loyal and highly skilled work force and the launch of the apprentice scheme can only enhance this. A career in catering is sometimes overlooked but we're looking to change those perceptions by offering a really high level of training. We are offering extremely competitive rates of pay which are the equivalent to the full rate for the jobs being performed, plus they receive training and nationally recognised qualification at the end of the 12-month training period.
"Our long term aim is to offer 100 apprentice places each year and take on all trainees on a full time contract. Well trained front of house teams and chefs are critical to the success of our business and the standards of the apprenticeship course reflect this."
Adam Ellis (18 yrs old) - Apprentice Chef at Browns Sheffield, added: "I have loved cooking all my life and my ambition has always been to become a chef. I have worked as a kitchen assistant in a sandwich shop but when I saw the apprentice advert to work for a great company like Browns I was really excited and wanted to jump at the chance. I believe with this apprenticeship I can pursue a brilliant career within a well-known restaurant.
Chloe Richards (16 yrs old) - Front Of House Apprentice at Browns Bath summed up:
"I didn't know what I wanted to do but wanted to work with people. Most regular jobs you need to have experience and so I looked at the apprentice option. This gave me a great opportunity to work in a really nice restaurant in Bath. So far it's going really well. Everyone has been really friendly and I'm learning loads of new skills and looking forwards to working with Browns over the next year."