New report from Bury St Edmunds brewer Greene King highlights job opportunities at pubs ahead of apprenticeships boost
Pubs giant and brewery Greene King has released a report about the careers available to work at Suffolk pubs as it plans to boost apprenticeships.
Bury St Edmunds-based brewer Greene King has produced a report called Untapping Potential: The role of pubs in levelling up skills, jobs and communities.
It highlights the crucial role that pubs provide in facilitating jobs and future careers and shows some related statistics.
According to the report, three in five young people in the East of England do not believe there are enough job opportunities in their local area.
In a survey that looked at 2,000 adults aged 16-25, 89 per cent of people said they were interested in a career or training that would allow them to work in their local area.
When asked directly, over a third of the sample group said they had heard hospitality apprenticeships were available - but would not know any further details.
CEO of Greene King Nick Mackenzie said: “Pubs have always been about people, and I’ve witnessed the way a job in a pub can completely change a person’s life and become a lifelong, successful career.
“That’s why I’m proud that Greene King is making these commitments to provide people from all backgrounds access meaningful, rewarding careers in their local communities.
“Pubs have so much to offer both for those looking for careers and those in the local community.”
Greene King will be launching the new Chef Academy Programme this year that will help to train the next generation of chefs.
By 2025, they will see the addition of 5,000 new apprenticeships, across 32 different types of roles, and 100 internship opportunities for those with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP).
Alongside this, the first Greene King prison training kitchen will also be launched by 2025. It looks at recruiting 300 prison leavers in addition to the 100 that have already been supported into employment.
Neil O’Brien, Minister for Levelling Up, the Union and Constitution, said: “Greene King’s report and commitments are an amazing example of levelling up in action.
“The 32 different apprenticeship options currently available will boost skills and encourage prosperity in communities.
“We will continue to work with the private sector and support projects like Greene King’s that bring opportunity to areas up and down the country while growing the economy to address the cost of living.”
Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow and Chair of the Education Select Committee, believes that ‘apprenticeships have an essential role to play’ with levelling up ambitions.
He said: “Commitments from businesses will be key to levelling up the country and I am proud to support the company’s Untapping Potential report and its aim to create greater opportunities.
“I have always believed that apprenticeships provide an incredibly important ladder of opportunity and Greene King has helped many thousands of apprentices climb up that very ladder.”