National Apprentice Week supported by Bury employers and employees

Greene King apprentices Lydia Lloyd-Potts, left, and Leanne Mackenzie at the Dog and Partidge, Bury St Edmunds. ANL-151103-111648001
Greene King apprentices Lydia Lloyd-Potts, left, and Leanne Mackenzie at the Dog and Partidge, Bury St Edmunds. ANL-151103-111648001

National Apprenticeship Week has been marked by Greene King promising to recruit 2,000 more this year while the Army chose a Bury St Edmunds soldier as an apprenticeship ambassador.

Bury based Greene King has just fulfilled its 2014 quota of 2,000 apprentices, meaning that it has helped support over 4,500 since 2011. It was a finalist in the ‘Apprenticeships 4 England Employer of the Year Award’.

Army apprentice ambassador Corp Christopher Simpson from Bury'Picture Johnny Fenn ANL-151103-163311001

Army apprentice ambassador Corp Christopher Simpson from Bury'Picture Johnny Fenn ANL-151103-163311001

It aims to have an apprentice in each of its 1,000 sites at all times in a scheme that combines workplace training and academic learning to give apprentices a wide range of experience working across pub, restaurant and hotel sites.

Apprentices Leanne Mackenzie, 25, and Lydia Lloyd-Potts, 27, at the Dog and Partridge pub opposite Greene King’s Bury brewery welcome the opportunities.

Leanne, who is doing a level three NVQ in hospitality, said: “It’s a way to progress in our careers in the company. I can learn in my day-to-day job.”

Lydia, who is doing level two, added: “It’s a good way to improve my career prospects and develop new skills.”

Rooney Anand, Greene King chief executive, said: “It is so important to support young people to get that all-important first step on the career ladder. Apprenticeships provide learners with valuable skills which will help them to build a career.”

Bury soldier Corporal Christopher Simpson, 29, is training for a level three NVQ in Advanced Engineering and was one of 47 apprentices at an event to celebrate the Army’s scheme, from which 5,500 apprentices will graduate this year.

Chris said: “Before joining the Army I only had my GCSEs - now I am on an apprenticeship programme where I am training towards an NVQ.

“My NVQ will be recognised by civilian companies so it’s reassuring to know the training I’m receiving is for life, not just for the Army.”