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Compass Group UK & Ireland announces plans to create 1500 apprenticeship roles

  • One of the UK’s top 100 apprenticeship employers
  • Increasing apprenticeships from 500 to 1500
  • Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills, welcomes the announcement

Compass Group UK & Ireland, the UK’s largest food services firm and one of the country’s biggest private sector employers, has marked the start of National Apprenticeship Week by announcing plans to build the number of Compass apprentices to 1500 by the end of 2017. Already one of the UK’s top 100 apprenticeship employers, Compass has trained 3000 apprentices in the last five years. The significant increase in apprentices has been welcome by Skills Minister Nick Boles MP at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Compass Group UK & Ireland, employs over 60,000 people and is already dedicated to high-quality apprenticeship training as a way of offering its employees a valuable way to develop their careers and helping to ensure the sectors the business operates in continue to have access to a strong supply of talent. The company currently recruits 500 apprentices a year.

Quality apprenticeship training programmes are already offered in a range of areas including, food service, business administration, security, cleaning, professional cookery, chef leaderships, finance, Human Resources, leadership and management. The addition of a 1000 apprentices will see new roles being provided across all sectors with apprenticeships being offered to Compass employees wishing to develop and progress.

The apprenticeship programme is being managed by Melanie Hayes, Resourcing and Development Director for Compass, who was recently appointed to a new Apprenticeship Delivery Board (ADB) by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. The ADB has been tasked with advising the government on how it can hit its target of 3m apprenticeships starts by 2020.

In January 2016, Compass Group was named as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the first time by the National Apprenticeship Service. The list recognises the businesses that display the highest standards of excellence in employing apprentices.

Dennis Hogan, Managing Director for Compass Group UK & Ireland, said:

“I am delighted to be announcing that we will be significantly growing the number of Compass employees joining the Compass Apprenticeship Scheme in the coming two years to 1500.  

 “As one of the top apprenticeship employers in the country we are extremely passionate about delivering high-quality training and learning programmes for our apprentices and we are excited about broadening our apprenticeship programme across our broad portfolio of businesses.

“We recognise the importance and value apprenticeships can bring to both the individual and also our business.”

Skills Minister Nick Boles MP said:

“Food for thought: If you have a passion for catering or want to start your career in finance, why not take up one of the many apprenticeships Compass Group has on offer.

“Apprenticeships open doors for young people around the country. That’s why I am committed to 3 million more apprenticeships by 2020.”

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, Compass Group will be holding a number of events where its apprentices will have the opportunity to showcase their talents.


For more information contact:

UK Communications Team
Compass Group UK & Ireland
01895 554 999

Compass Group UK & Ireland announces plans to build the number of Compass apprentices to 1500 by the end of 2017