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National Apprenticeship Week kicks off

All around the UK businesses will celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, industries and the wider economy. Over £1.5bn has been invested in apprenticeships over the last year as it currently covers more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles.

The hospitality sector recognises that apprenticeships are a great way to give young people formal training that will lead to a rewarding career. More and more school leavers want that career perspective and likewise the businesses want to keep them for longer, invest in them and progress them through the business and an apprenticeship model is a great way to do that.

Springboard, now in its 25th year, has the expert knowledge on how to support young, unemployed and disadvantaged people into a career within hospitality and works with various apprenticeship providers and over 100 hospitality businesses such as BaxterStorey to bridge the gap between young people and employers. This is to increase the awareness of various careers available in hospitality as well as help school leavers and unemployed young people get into apprenticeships.

Anne Pierce, Chief Executive, Springboard said “Apprenticeships are a great way to get started in the hospitality industry as they give young people a chance to work with a real employer, earn a real salary and get real qualifications whilst gaining invaluable work-based experience.”

Muhammed Abubakar, 18, was given a second chance by Springboard. The young Croydon boy grew up in a life of crime and violence, however, through Galvin’s Chance, an inspirational ‘into work’ programme for disadvantaged young people, Muhammed was able to fulfil his passion and love for food and drink and now works as a Chef apprentice at InterContinental Park Lane.

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