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Bury St Edmunds firm Greene King marks National Apprentice Week with news of 1,000 learners being taken on since Covid-19 onset

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Bury St Edmunds-based brewery Greene King has supported more than 1,000 apprentices since the onset of Covid-19.

Marking National Apprenticeship Week, the pub chain said the milestone number had started or finished the placement since March 2020.

The business now has 2,300 learners on its books.

Jordan Debruyne, Greene King apprentice
Jordan Debruyne, Greene King apprentice

Andrew Bush, head of HR, said: "Despite the heavy restrictions placed on the hospitality industry and the constant closing and opening of our pubs, our team members have remained really engaged.

"We worked hard to keep delivering our programmes during lockdowns and kept the apprenticeship opportunities open for our furloughed teams.

"We’re really pleased that so many have started or achieved their apprenticeship during 2020.”

Greene King has also committed to expanding its programme to offer 30 different apprenticeships to 40,000 existing team members.

The company has now supported 10,000 apprentices since launching the programme a decade ago.

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