Pub group Greene King of Bury St Edmunds has secured royal backing for a new venture to get unemployed young people back into work.
The company, of Westgate, has teamed up with the The Prince’s Trust, to launch the Get into Hospitality programme.
It will offer 150 of the UK’s most disadvantaged 16-25-year-olds an opportunity to develop skills in the hospitality sector, achieve accredited hospitality qualifications and support them into jobs and other positive outcomes in the industry.
Rooney Anand, Greene King’s chief executive, said: “We know that many young people find it difficult to get their first job, particularly in disadvantaged areas and we believe pubs can help them get onto the career ladder.”
“Our programme with The Prince’s Trust, which does such fantastic work, will enable us to do this.”
Subject to successfully completing the three week programme, Greene King aims to offer jobs and a place on its award-winning apprenticeship scheme to as many course participants as possible.
We know that many young people find it difficult to get their first job and we believe pubs can help them get onto the career ladder.Rooney Anand, chief executive
Martina Milburn, the Prince’s Trust’s chief executive, said: “We are immensely grateful to Greene King for coming on board as a significant new Prince’s Trust partner and committing to offering 150 disadvantaged young people an opportunity to gain vital skills in the workplace. Together we will help change young people’s lives.”
The scheme includes training in many aspects of hospitality, including guest service, alcohol licensing laws and food preparation.
While on the programme, students will also receive help with CV writing and interview techniques, as well as career support and guidance from their Greene King “buddies”.
Each “buddy” is an experienced Greene King team member, who will mentor the youngsters; offering invaluable support throughout the programme.
The first step of the free course is a recruitment day for prospective youngsters, held by The Prince’s Trust in each area.
Candidates will then meet representatives from both organisations, and find out more about the programme.
From there, students will be chosen to attend the programme, which is split between classroom-based learning and a practical placement at a nearby Greene King pub.
There will be 10 programmes offered around the country over the next 12 months. Locations include London, Portsmouth, Liverpool and Glasgow.