We see our apprentices as the future of our business. We invest in learning and development programmes to equip our teams with the skills, knowledge and support to reach their full potential. We provide opportunities to study a wide range of hospitality related NVQ courses. These include front and back of house, and management including leadership, supervision, operational management and business administration.
Courses range from educational levels 2 through to 5 (undergraduate degree level). They typically last between 12 and 24 months, depending on the subject and level studied.
Entry requirements include a minimum 3 years as a European resident, along with a pre-assessment in Maths and English, where an entry level 3 (D grade GCSE) must be achieved.
Going straight from school to college or university isn’t for everyone. An apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to start your career straight after your school exams. You can gain valuable qualifications, and earn a salary at the same time. From September 2019 we will be working with our NVQ partner to provide entry level apprenticeships, allowing people to join the #bmFamily as an apprentice whilst studying for an NVQ qualification.
Rytis’ apprenticeship journey
Rytis has benefitted from our NVQ programme. He joined the #bmfamily in 2013 as a commis chef, working in a flagship site. Development chef Daryll remembers: “I liked Rytis, he was very friendly and he always impressed me with his work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile”.
Rytis worked hard, always going above and beyond to increase his skills and look for more learning opportunities. Whilst he was a commis chef Rytis completed NVQ level 2 in professional cookery, leading to a promotion to CDP. He then completed an NVQ level 3, and was promoted to Sous chef.
Rytis has been in our Chef of the Year competition three times and improved his position each time. He says that the “executive and head chefs who always show me new techniques” are the key to his development and he cites his ambition “to always continue to have passion for what I do!”
To register an interest in our apprenticeship scheme, or to enrol onto an NVQ course (existing BM team members only), please email [email protected] who will contact you to arrange for an initial assessment to take place.
Studying for an NVQ is a great way to expand your knowledge and fulfil your career goals.
Youth outreach -school, college and university liaison for recruitment & talent pipeline
We engage directly with schools, colleges, and universities so that we can meet and talk to students about careers within the foodservice sector as well as our company culture and values. We want to drive an understanding of what we do and why we do it, and through work experience placements, apprenticeships and our early career pathways drive new candidate streams into our workforce.
As part of this we have developed a series of Early Career Pathways demonstrating the range of opportunities for development we offer, as we want people to gain so much more than just a job when they join BM.
You can view these here