Celebrating our apprentices: National Apprenticeship Week

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National Apprenticeship Week 2020 took place from 3 to 9 February this year, celebrating the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

As part of the week, Fuller’s apprentices were invited to the Hospitality Apprenticeship Showcase at the House of Commons, as well as the Havant and South Downs College Apprenticeship Awards, where they left with awards in tow.

Adam Sykes

Hospitality Apprenticeship Showcase at the House of Commons

At the fourth annual Hospitality Apprenticeship Showcase at the House of Commons on 4 February, our chef apprentices demonstrated their cooking skills by making handmade tortellini – and encouraged some MPs to have a go themselves.

Fuller’s People Apprentice, Nia Moroney, was invited to take part in a panel interview with Candice Brown, The Great British Bake Off winner, turned pub owner, and Craig Parsons, Fuller’s Apprenticeship Manager, was invited to speak at the event about the secret behind The Fuller’s Chefs’ Guild Apprenticeship Programme’s success.

In his speech, Craig said: “The key for us is getting extremely close to our apprentices and understanding how they value the development we’re offering. We pride ourselves on having a great deal of contact time with each one of our apprentices, which means we know what really gets them out of bed in the morning.

“This is our main motivation to deliver outstanding apprenticeships at Fuller’s and be rest assured that chasing levy spend has and never will be a reason for embedding apprenticeship programmes into our business.”

Hospitality Apprenticeship Showcase House of Commons 2020
Hospitality Apprenticeship Showcase House of Commons 2020

In the evening, the apprentices and members of the people team handed out hot soup to rough sleepers in the Westminster area. This was in collaboration with Only A Pavement Away (OAPA), a charity that helps homeless people to gain employment in the hospitality industry, which OAPA Founder Greg Mangham said was a “fantastic initiative by Fuller’s.” 

Commenting on the initiative, Craig said: “We wanted to take a different approach to National Apprenticeship Week this year by involving our apprentices in the great charitable work that we feel extremely passionate about.”

Fuller's apprentices OAPA

Havant and South Downs College Apprenticeship Awards

Fuller’s apprentices were also invited to the Havant and South Downs College Apprenticeship Awards on 6 February, celebrating the impact and achievements of its apprentices and employer partners.

Fuller’s won Large Employer of the Year for Best Apprenticeship at the awards, and Nathan Swindley, Fuller’s Chef Apprentice at The Bat and Ball in Hambledon, won Apprentice of the Year for the hospitality and catering category.

Craig said: “Our apprentices are an amazing group of people and they inspire all of us at Fuller's. It is a real pleasure to be able to play such a pivotal role in their development. We are already seeing a number of apprentices progress through our award-winning Chef's Guild”

Havant and South Downs College Apprenticeship Awards
Apprentice of the Year: Nathan Swindley has completed his Commis Chef Apprenticeship (Level 2), and about to embark on his Chef de Partie Apprenticeship (Level 3).

Become a qualified Chef with Fuller’s

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Find out more about Fuller’s Chef Apprenticeship Programmes: Chef Apprenticeships.

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