Young Kent chefs make it big time in 5* hotel in London
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, Kent. 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
Specialising in the hospitality and catering sectors; we identify the very best talents and match them with the right apprenticeship and employer which makes sure their apprenticeship is a success.
The process is simple yet robust. Once chosen as an organisation’s main recruitment service, Umbrella Training advertises apprentice vacancies to people across Kent and London. All applicants are met face-to-face where they have a conversation about the role, what they are hoping to achieve and their career aspirations. Once a match is confirmed, the applicant’s CV is passed to the recruiting employer for a follow-up interview and, most likely, a trial shift.
Whether it’s a cooking, housekeeping, receptionist, front of house, maintenance or management; we are able to offer young people a chance to kick start their careers, and gain life-changing experience, with some of the best hospitality businesses in London and the South East.