PUNCH Taverns has launched a new training scheme for pub staff across its estate.
Run in partnership with training provider Charnwood Training Group, the scheme will allow staff to train to the BIIAB Level 2 Apprenticeship in Licensed Hospitality. The qualification is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of staff who plan to pursue a career in the licensed trade.
Punch said 55 trainee apprentices are already working on the qualification.
“With most employers believing that apprenticeships provide higher overall productivity and lead to a more motivated workforce, we’re passionate about supporting our licensees and encouraging them to consider the value that a new apprentice could add to their business,” said Punch HR director Jackie Burn.
“The Apprenticeship in Licensed Hospitality has been specifically designed to meet the legislation and compliance requirements of hospitality businesses so we’re excited to see the apprentices’ careers develop and the inevitable benefits to our licensees’ businesses.”
“We’ve already seen the value of the apprenticeship qualification at our Burton-based support centre. Since we began working with Charnwood, 77 employees have now achieved a Level 2 or 3 Apprenticeship and progressed within the company as a result.”
Daniel Billetop, area manager at Charnwood, said: “It’s fantastic to be working with Punch on the delivery of this qualification.
“We look forward to witnessing many more licensees seeing the benefits to their businesses as a result of having an apprentice on board.”