Supported by HIT Training, Hannah Holden from Curve Theatre in Leicester and Chris Wilcox from The Grove, Chandler's Cross, Hertfordshire, both achieved the Hospitality Team Member Apprenticeship standard.
HIT Training is the first national hospitality training provider to deliver the new apprenticeship standards, which are part of the Government-led overhaul to the apprenticeship system.
The standards are designed to "raise the bar" and ensure training is in line with the requirements of the fast-paced hospitality industry and individual job roles.
Confidence and progress
Holden said: “Taking up an apprenticeship has enabled me to progress and given me the confidence to manage staff and oversee the day-to-day running of the café and bar at the theatre.
“Having the final assessment at the end of my qualification worked really well as it allowed more time to prepare and study. My trainer from HIT has also helped every step of the way, providing guidance on how to work under pressure and strategies for answering challenging questions that may have come up in my final interview. This meant that I never felt like I was on my own during the whole process.”
HIT Training managing director Jill Whittaker added: “We are absolutely thrilled that both Chris and Hannah are the first to complete the hospitality standards within the sector.
"This is down to the hard work both apprentices have put in over the past year, the support of their employers and the team at HIT, who have all worked in partnership to progress Chris and Hannah’s development."