“It’s never too late to learn!”

Kodjo Gnervy has worked for over 25 years in the hospitality industry. However, joining the L3 Senior Production Chef apprenticeship has given him the opportunity to learn new skills and achieve qualifications he never had before!

Kodjo Gnervy

Currently, Kodjo works as an Area Kitchen Manager for Mitchells & Butlers. Within his role, he supports a district of 11 pubs within the Premium Country Pubs brand. He progressed to his current position based on experience. However, taking up the L3 Senior Production Chef apprenticeship has allowed him to progress in his career by working towards valuable qualifications.

Flexibility, Work & Earn, Gain a Recognised Certificate!

Through Mitchells & Butlers Chefs’ Academy, Kodjo gained a fresh new approach to his work. The apprenticeship covered transferable skills such as time-management and communication, alongside the technical cooking skills. These monthly masterclasses ‘relit my passion for cooking, and meant I could really get stuck into the theory behind the work. Not to mention, it sharpened my cooking skills and strengthened my leadership knowledge’.

“I wanted to prove it’s never too late to learn or develop!”

Kodjo had always dreamed of becoming a Chef Tutor. However, he never received his English and Maths qualifications. The apprenticeship gave Kodjo the chance to achieve these essential qualifications and in turn, achieve his goal and become a Chef Tutor with Mitchells & Butlers!

Confidence, Understanding, Responsibility

“It has impacted a great deal on my leadership skills, my coaching skills and given me a massive overview on how to manage a successful business.”

Kodjo is a strong advocate for apprenticeships and encourages his chefs to join apprenticeship programmes. Plus, he has been a representative for the apprenticeship at the Princess Royal Training Awards assessment, a particularly proud moment for Kodjo.

Expertise, Objectives, Performance

Apprenticeships are extremely helpful in ensuring that apprentices aid their employer in meeting organisational objectives. Last year, Kodjo implemented his new skills to help reduce food waste within his district, all whilst maintaining food quality.

“I cannot thank Chefs’ Academy enough for changing my life, and helping me get to where I want to be.”

To find out more about Mitchell & Butlers apprenticeships, click here.

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