Lexington Catering chief executive Mike Sunley urges hospitality businesses to consider apprenticeship programmes following the success of one of its first apprentices at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards.
Louise Roberts picked up the Apprentice Chef Award at the event held at the awards ceremony at London's Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel this week (below).
Lexington's apprenticeship scheme, Lex School of Talent, was set up in 2011, in conjunction with Springboard and The University of West London, with four apprentices joining the business each year.
Sunley said it was fantastic to see the Lex School of Talent apprenticeship scheme producing such talented professionals and the industry recognising apprentices for their achievements.
"We have seen, first hand, the benefits apprenticeship programmes can bring to both the people we take on but also to the business. They are a fantastic way for people to learn on the job and progress through an organisation. I urge other businesses to consider introducing an apprenticeship programme into their workplace," he said.
"As business leaders it is our responsibility to help young people into the workplace and apprenticeship programmes are a great place to start. All it takes is a little planning and organising, plus a small investment. Yet it has the power to add value to business and change lives."