The London Apprenticeship Company](http://www.londonapprenticeship.co.uk/) (LAC) is inviting hospitality employers to "come dine with an apprentice" with a view assessing them for a full-time role.
The evening in May will mark the end of a six-week pre-apprenticeship training programme for 12 young Westminster residents not in education, employment or training and provide them with a chance to demonstrate their skills.
It will include an awards ceremony and an opportunity for employers to meet with them.
The candidates will be working at the Vincent Rooms training facility in Westminster, designing and serving a menu of canapés and Champagne to potential future employers, some including Compass Group, Hoxton Hotel and Gaucho Grill.
Over the next two months, alongside the pre-apprenticeship training programme, LAC will run a campaign aimed at securing apprenticeships or employment for every young person on the hospitality and catering programme.
Louise Williams, corporate social responsibility co-ordinator at Lakehouse, said: "We have worked closely with LAC over the past few months; we have taken four apprentices through their hosting model, which supports us to recruit local people on short-term projects because LAC facilitates the employment process.
"The pre-employment support they offer to their apprentices, such as their pre-apprenticeship courses, means you get an apprentice that is well informed and ready for work."
LAC works with some of the most disengaged and disadvantaged young people throughout the capital, offering support to over 1,000 young people to date, including the creation of 350 jobs for young Londoners, and placing over 200 young people into a wide variety of apprenticeships.
By Gemma Rowbotham
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