Browns Apprenticeships "You're Hired!"
Browns restaurants 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, Simon King, Retail Director, 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."