The scheme will be launched by BBC Apprentice finalist Saira Khan. She said: “As a business woman I believe it is essential that we offer young people the opportunity to get excited about business. By launching this new scheme Mitchells & Butlers are creating a secure pathway for their apprentices to explore business, build confidence and gain skills that set them up for life.
The new scheme is set to begin recruiting its first apprentices from this month and will add to the 1,400 apprentices currently working across the managed pub operator.
Jan Smallbone, director of learning & talent development at M&B, said: “We didn’t just want to develop a successful apprenticeship scheme; we wanted M&B to offer the best scheme in the hospitality industry. Our apprentices will work across our portfolio of brands, learn from our experienced teams, gain a professional qualification and have a real opportunity to progress up the ladder. Your career really can start with us and help us harness a pipeline of talent for the future.”
The scheme, known as the Hospitality Management Development Apprenticeship has been created in partnership with Lifetime Training. The programme is open to 16-19 year olds and will deliver all the underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviours that new recruits need for a successful career in the hospitality industry - in both front and back of house roles.
It is a three year programme that will support team members throughout their development – from Intermediate (Level 2) through to Higher (Level 4) apprenticeship completion. There is also the potential to move on to degree level qualifications.
Alex Khan, chief executive of Lifetime Training, said: “There is no better way to grow future leaders and managers than by developing those from within and that is how we’ve approached the new apprenticeship programme."