Star Pubs and Bars has announced plans to sponsor 100 apprentices, in preparation for the first Hospitality Apprenticeship Week.
The move is designed to help licensees attract and retain the “best talent” in the kitchen and behind the bar in order to develop future hospitality managers.
Prompted by feedback from the licensee forums, Star has teamed up with service provider Remit to help licensees find and train apprentices.
The apprenticeship scheme sits alongside owner Heineken’s wider apprentice programme including brewing operations. This year the brewery is increasing the intake of brewing apprentices from six to 22.
Stephen Rooney, head of business support, Star Pubs and Bars, said: “The hospitality sector offers a fantastic range of opportunities. Anyone can progress from the bar to the boardroom, and many chefs and front of house staff in our pubs go on to run their own businesses.
“Apprenticeships provide the structure for young people to get off to a good start, and our scheme will hopefully help encourage more to follow a career path in our sector.
He added: “In particular, we want to help develop experienced chefs and managers, who are in short supply. We have listened to licensees very real concerns about recruiting and keeping staff and put in place support to help them grow their own talent. Apprentices also bring energy and enthusiasm, along with a fresh perspective, to the teams they work with, so taking on an apprentice is a win-win for all.”