BaxterStorey, Holroyd Howe & Caterlink to launch Apprentice Academy

BaxterStorey, Holroyd Howe and Caterlink, all part of WSH, have joined forces to launch a new Apprentice Academy, aiming to create more job opportunities for young people in the food and hospitality industry.

The Academy, which was launched to coincide with National Apprentice Week (9-15 March), will see the three companies commit to creating more 200 new roles within their businesses over the next three years.

This means that, by 2018, the companies will have trained more than 500 apprentices through the academy in total.

The new apprenticeships will also contribute directly to the hospitality industry’s ‘The Big Hospitality Conversation’, an initiative aiming to create 60,000 new hospitality job opportunities by 2016.

A recent report published by People 1st identified that the hospitality industry will need to fill over 800,000 jobs by 2020, with 66,000 skilled managers required by that year.

Working alongside HIT Training, the recruitment and training provider, the companies are aiming to create 50 roles in the first year, 100 in its second, and more than 200 positions by 2018.

The companies will be launching two primary programmes; food service and professional cookery, where apprentices will work in either front of house roles or kitchen-based positions. There will also be apprenticeship opportunities for young people looking to seek employment in business administration.

The apprentices will work across the UK, in roles such as chefs, baristas and food service assistants in a broad range of environments across a wide portfolio of client locations in business and industry, state and independent schools.