The Hospitality Guild Apprenticeship Awards, in partnership with People 1st, were back again this year on Wednesday 4th December 2013, at the Tower of London with Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux, Jr. presenting the prizes!
The awards celebrated the achievement of apprentices working in hospitality and brought attention to the vital role that employers, providers and mentors play in apprenticeship programmes.
Sophie Roberts Brown, a representative of the Hospitality Guild, explained that without the commitment of businesses apprenticeships simply could not be offered to those seeking to build their careers on the job. Their contribution is growing a new generation of hospitality professionals.
The pub sector triumphed in the awards as several pub companies and employees stole the show! Winning pub companies include; The Orchid Group, The Moleface Pub Company and Spirit Pub Company.
Here is the full list of winners in each of the six categories:
Intermediate Apprentice of the Year – Conan Brooks, Chef de Partie Apprentice, Charnwood Training Group
Advanced Apprentice of the Year- Connor Black, Commis Chef, The Hand and Flowers in Marlow
Mentor of the Year- Allister Bishop, Executive Sous Chef, Harrods Ltd
SME Employer of the Year (fewer than 250 employees) – joint award
- Moleface Pub Company
- The Bonnington (Cavendish Hotel) Ltd
Large Employer of the Year (more than 250 employees)- The Orchid Group
Partnership of the Year- Spirit Pub Company and Charnwood Training Group
The award ceremony didn’t end there – 27 young people were inducted into the Young Hall of Fame 2013. Charlotte Bonser, was the star of the Pub Sector, she works front of house at the Bowman Pub in Nottingham and was named one of the 27 young people who are destined for a bright future.
Michel Roux, Jr. said: “I am very pleased to see so many talented young people here today. As a former apprentice myself, I know how important this training is for producing the hospitality leaders of tomorrow. These awards are crucial for the industry and I commend the Hospitality Guild and People 1st for this important initiative. I congratulate all the winners and wish them every success in their careers.”
Fancy bagging yourself a prize next year? You need to be on an apprenticeship programme first, so why not start by getting involved with the Pub & Bar Careers Perceptions Programme. Get in touch via our contact page above.