Director Matt goes back to the shop floor

In the cellars some of the directors who went back to the floor. Pictured are Karen Woodward from the National Apprenticeship Service, Jeremy Scorer from Charnwood Training Group, Matt Brown from Greene King and apprentice Denise Blackmore
In the cellars some of the directors who went back to the floor. Pictured are Karen Woodward from the National Apprenticeship Service, Jeremy Scorer from Charnwood Training Group, Matt Brown from Greene King and apprentice Denise Blackmore

A BOSS at Greene King brewery found himself back on the floor this week when he was put through his paces by apprentices.

Operations director Matt Brown, who is based at the Bury St Edmunds brewery, was put through his paces by three of the company’s apprentices to pull pints and serve tables at a Birmingham pub.

It was part of National Apprenticeship Week.

The Westgate Street brewery has more than 700 apprentices starting careers and it plans to extend that to 1,300 more employees this year.

Mr Brown began his career in the pub and restauarnt business 31 years ago as a pot washer and worked his way up through the trade as a barman, waiter and chef before moving into management roles.

He said: “It was great fun to be behind the bar and interacting with customers. But more importantly it was a reminder of all the hard work which goes into efficiently running our pubs and restaurants. This is why it is so important to invest in training and developing our employees.”