National apprenticeship week celebrated

W e welcomed apprentices – past and present – to our annual Big Apprentice Lunch last week (7th February) in celebration of National Apprenticeship Week.

Nurturing the talent of the future.

The Big Apprentice Lunch was founded to showcase our diverse range of apprenticeships – which are delivered in partnership with several academic partners. Apprenticeships now available include chef scholarships and roles in hospitality, brewing, business administration, engineering and finance. These apprenticeship roles are based across the West Country - at the head office, across our pub estate and at Bath Ales, which we acquired in 2016.

Over 40 apprentices were welcomed to the Visitor Centre, with their academic mentors from partners including Truro and Penwith College, Exeter College and Bath College. Guests were treated to a special lunch, prepared by the Visitor Centre team along with two of our chef scholarship students - Brandon Penwarden and Samuel Turpin-Brooks.

The lunch was followed by an award ceremony. Our external relations director, Piers Thompson, awarded 13 chef scholarship certificates and two special awards for outstanding achievement.

Tom Cadby - who is undertaking an engineering apprenticeship at the Brewery in partnership with Cornwall College – took home the award for Brewing and Brands Apprentice of the Year. He was commended for his multi-faceted approach and assisting with cutting-edge manufacturing machinery.

Callum Weston, a Chef Scholarship apprentice from the Fort Inn, Newquay was awarded Apprentice of the Year for St Austell Brewery’s pubs, inns and hotels business.

Tamsyn Hawkins, people director said:

“Our apprenticeship scheme is an important part of our business. It has become central to our people development strategy – offering young people, from across the West Country, great career training opportunities."

W e are proud to say that we have a diverse, and ever-growing, range of roles available – meaning we’re able to nurture more young talent than ever before.

“I’d like to congratulate all of our apprentices on another great year – which is a testament to their hard work. A special congratulations to our Apprentices of the Year, Tom and Joseph - they should feel extremely proud of all that they continue to achieve.”

Speaking at the Big Lunch gathering, Fiona Parsons, Apprenticeship Coordinator for South West Apprenticeship Ambassador Network said:

“We champion apprenticeships across the South West. We are delighted that St Austell Brewery is committed to inspiring young apprentices across the business, tackling skills gaps and enabling progression routes for young people starting out in their careers. The Big Apprenticeship Lunch is a great way to encourage this and celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.”

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