Bury St Edmunds-based brewing giant Greene King has been heralded as one of the nation’s leading employers of apprentices.
The company has been named in the Top Apprenticeship Careers List of the top 50 apprenticeship employers in the UK.
It has been recognised as one of the top 10 organisations within the retail and services sector for its employee retention rate, recruitment strategy and the number of apprenticeships offered per year.
Since 2011, Greene King, which manages 1,900 pubs, hotels and restaurants and employs 40,000 staff across the UK, has helped support more than 7,4001 apprentices.
It offers qualifications for a range of jobs including front of house, kitchen and management.
Some 4,000 Greene King apprentices have achieved a qualification and 3,400 learners are currently working towards Level 2 to 4 qualifications in the last four years.
It is important to us that we attract, train and retain the very best people.Rooney Anand, chief executive
The list states that “through a combination of workplace learning and additional industry masterclasses, apprentices develop the capabilities and technical skills to reach their potential and support Greene King in delivering exceptional customer service.”
The brewer announced earlier this year it had reached a milestone by recruiting its 1,000th apprentice.
This put it ahead of its plans to recruit 2,000 apprentices by March next year.
Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King, said: “We are very proud to be named as one of the UK’s top 50 apprenticeship employers.
“As a leader in hospitality it is important to us that we attract, train and retain the very best people.
“It is important to raise awareness of apprenticeships as a credible alternative to further education, which allows young people to get that all-important step on the career ladder.”
Alex Khan, chief executive of Lifetime Training, which is Greene King’s apprenticeship training provider, said: “Greene King is one of our leading clients with a great commitment to apprenticeships, so it is very fitting that their success is being recognised nationally. “
“Being named as a UK Top 50 apprenticeship organisation is testament to their hard work and dedication to contributing to the government’s aim of three million apprentices by 2020.”