J D Wetherspoon is regarded as one of the UK’s top employers and its expansion of its apprenticeship scheme towards the end of 2019 further supports this.
The pub company has a strong investment in training, policies and equality and has worked over the past few years to increase its employee retention. The average length of service for a pub manager is now 11 years with more employees choosing to progress their career with the company.
This focus on internal progression is reflected through the training and career opportunities available to staff members. Their apprenticeship programme which launched in January 2018, allows team members to undergo a 12-month apprenticeship and offers the following qualifications, Level 2 Hospitality Team Member and Level 3 Hospitality Supervisor.
With more than 650 staff currently enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme, Wetherspoon has added an additional apprenticeship in business management this year. This programme offers candidates a degree equivalent qualification on successful completion of the course.
Katy Wade, Senior Recruitment and Qualifications Manager at Wetherspoon, said: “The hospitality sector is more competitive than ever, and we believe it’s vital we offer potential recruits the best opportunities. Hospitality is a fantastic industry that offers individuals not just a part-time job but real career prospects.
“With the introduction of our degree apprenticeship in business management, there is now a clear pathway for young people to choose as an alternative to university. Apprenticeships are an excellent way to combine study and work and we look forward to recruiting more apprentices we believe will go on to enjoy great success in their career at Wetherspoon.”