See what some of our apprentices have to say about their experience working with Umbrella.
Harry applied for one of the most prestigious apprenticeships with one of London’s finest hotels back in October 2016.
Harry demonstrated skills as a young, ambitious and hardworking. This has helped him develop himself as well as certain skills that he applies in his work to keep on top of a busy day-to-day sector.
Since his start at The Goring, Harry has felt more determined to follow a career in the Hospitality Industry. The support he has received from the Goring team and Umbrella Training has enabled him to feel more confident in how he approaches work and has given him a good idea as to how he would like to develop his career path into Hospitality. This is Harry’s first time living away from home as he lives in at the hotels accommodation, which has given Harry the wider life skills of managing his own wages, paying taxes and spending wisely as well as living independently.
All of these experiences are helping Harry improve on a daily basis to communicate with his team more efficiently, present himself professionally, and most importantly how he positively deals with guests at the Goring. Harry has been able to develop his excellent organisation and time keeping skills as well whilst working in the Concierge Team.
Harry has been welcomed by all at the hotel especially as the culture of apprenticeships is being expanded internally and this ensure he shares common ground with many of his colleagues at the Goring.
In Harry’s own words “I am excited for what is to come next in my personal as well as professional life, I am eager to learn, and all thanks to way in which The Goring has nurtured and guided me from the moment I walked in. This of course, includes the possibility they have granted me through doing an Apprenticeship programme with Umbrella Training. I see my job as not just a job but also a place where I can develop and grow. I look forward to my future now more than ever”
This is the first step in Harry’s career. He still has a long way to go and Umbrella Training with the Goring will help make his journey to the top that little bit easier.
In March 2017, Harry received a highly commended award by Umbrella Training’s for its Purple Umbrella Award (apprentice of the year), he received his award by Brian Turner CBE.
This is Harry’s story so far…
Jean Louis Gbezo
Jean Louis says:
“I really appreciate the support and training provided by my Umbrella trainer and certainly the flexibility offered is far better than being at college. This apprenticeship is really assisting me with my career and the hotel is a fantastic place to work. My colleagues are so understanding and supportive and this is backed by Umbrella Training when they come to see me. I really recommend this route for young people especially as they can really learn from the inside and be paid a salary. Umbrella will help you find your way that’s for sure.”
“Umbrella are fantastic! I have regular meetings with them and the training and coaching is fully supported by my Head Chef and Umbrella Trainer. I did not have to go to college which really helped me understand the workings of a professional kitchen and the madness that comes with the environment. I now thrive and have a real passion for my job and I seriously want to take my learning to the level 4 or 5 when I am finished.”
“My trainer asked me to say 5 things that come to mind about Umbrella Training and I say the following: Efficient, reliable, friendly and know their craft. (Sorry I know it is 6 words!) I have improved my skills and knowledge which will last me a lifetime and now I want to give back to my workplace. I really cannot thank them enough for all their hard work.”
Liam Ferguson and Sarah Judge
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Liam & Sarah’s story:
12 months ago, Liam Ferguson and Sarah Judge were finishing college in Kent as level 2 chefs. Though with the aspiration and determination to make a name for themselves in the chef industry, they attended a Big Hospitality Conversation event in Ashford. Here they met and heard from employers from across the hospitality industry and were encouraged to take up an apprenticeship to make their dreams a reality.
Now, both Liam and Sarah are working at one of the most established and well-known five-star hotels in London, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, employed full-time while they complete their level 3 in Professional Cookery. They’ve even had the opportunity to showcase how important the hospitality industry is to the British economy when they joined the British Hospitality Association at the Houses of Parliament for a Lobby Day with
Members of Parliament.
Liam and Sarah are not alone in their desire to work and learn. In 2015 / 2016 there were more than 500,000 apprentices working across a range of industries, an increase of almost 10,000 on the previous period (House of Commons Briefing Paper, 06113). And with 76% of employers reporting productivity had improved following the appointment of an apprentice, equating to an average of £214 per week; the demand for on-site development is set to increase.
Setting up an apprenticeship scheme, and recruiting apprentices into the business, can seem daunting at first. However, working with an apprenticeship provider such as Umbrella Training, can make the entire process very simple and straightforward. We understand how important it is for employers to maximise their return on investment while implementing new and exciting apprenticeship programmes. And so, we work collaboratively with our employer partners to ensure you are fully supported throughout every stage of your apprenticeship journey and achieve the desired result.
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