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National Apprenticeship Week 2022

Jonathan Foot, Head of Apprenticeships and Early Careers

It’s been a busy 12 months at Compass Group UK & Ireland since the last National Apprenticeship Week. Our Apprentices are a credit and an inspiration to many throughout the business and you’ll see some great examples of this in the coming days. This week is all about celebrating apprenticeships and we’ve done some important work which we hope will attract more people to consider becoming an apprentice.    

We have revisited our food and support services apprenticeships and launched ‘Food Connected’ and ‘Support Services Connected’. By working closely with our partners, training providers and colleges, we have developed programmes which take apprentices from Level 2 to degree Levels 6 and 7. Clear career pathways have been created to offer genuine opportunities for all roles and ages across all business sectors at Compass – it’s never been easier for our people to see how they can develop and progress through the company.

We wanted our entry level culinary apprentices to get a taste of what’s to come. They can now be inspired with an opportunity to work and support at some of our great events and famed locations in order to support their skills development and career progression. 

Our Level 3 culinary programme can be a springboard for apprentices to progress onto our ultimate culinary apprenticeship led by Marcus Wareing – Forward. Launched just six months ago this landmark programme was shaped by Marcus himself, our executive culinary team and HIT Training, to challenge candidates with real-life experiences and one-to-one mentoring from one of the UK’s most respected chefs.

Such is the success of our collaboration with Marcus, we will be starting the selection process for the second cohort in readiness for them to start in the Autumn this year.  

In line with the Compass Group UK & Ireland Climate Promise, we’re also delighted to be able to offer an MSC Level 7 Sustainability Business Specialists apprenticeship in partnership with Cranfield University. It is the first course of its kind and we already have two keen colleagues enrolled for the inaugural intake.  

Last year was an award-winning year for our Apprenticeship and Early Career programmes, and it looks like this year could be just as successful as we’ve already been shortlisted for two awards at the forthcoming Springboard Awards for Excellence!

None of the above would be possible without our incredible partners, who we’re fortunate to work alongside. Thanks go to Aston University, Babington Training, Care Leaver Covenant, Cranfield University, Corndel & Mumsnet, HIT Training, Innovative Awarding, Springboard, SR Supply Chain Consultants, TSP Learn, Ralph Trustees Ltd, Aston Villa Football Club, Peppermint Events, Fresh Direct, KERB, The Clink Charity, Fordhall Farm, South Pole, and The Master Chefs of Great Britain.  

Apprenticeships have come a very long way. My advice to everyone is to take a look at what’s on offer here, it might just change your life!  

If you are an existing employee wanting find out more about our Apprenticeship offer, please click here.

'Forward with Marcus Wareing' Cohort