The St Austell Family Group has partnered with colleges across the West Country to relaunch its chef apprenticeship scheme.\r\n\r\nThe company is looking for candidates of all ages with no prior experience or minimum qualifications required, just \u201can appetite to learn\u201d.\r\n\r\nIt is also offering apprentices 30% off food and drink and 50% off accommodation in the company\u2019s managed pubs.\r\n\r\nThe programme guarantees a minimum of 30 hours practical time in the kitchen, with a starting rate of \u00a39 per hour for under-21-year-olds. The hands-on experience is supported with regular college classes.\r\n\r\nUpon completion of the course apprentices will be awarded a formal qualification.\r\n\r\nJon Kelley, early careers manager, said: \u201cWe\u2019re excited to be relaunching our popular chef apprenticeship programme for another year and welcoming new recruits to our pubs. We believe quality training and nurturing talent is at the heart of staff retention. That\u2019s why we\u2019re looking to invest in at least 30 chef apprentices, offering them hands-on experience and industry mentorship, with a formal qualification on top\r\n\r\n\u201cTo really change people\u2019s perception of a career in hospitality - arguably one of the most important industries in our region - we need to also change the way we train to carry on nurturing talent. That\u2019s something we\u2019re immensely proud of at St Austell.\u201d\r\n\r\nSt Austell first opened as a brewery in Cornwall in 1851 and now has over 180 pubs, inns and hotels across the West Country.