Three hospitality companies have made it onto the country's Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list.
KFC, Mitchells & Butlers and River Cottage were selected by a panel of judges from the employment and skills arena. The list, compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service, in partnership with City & Guilds, recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.
Pub and restaurant operator Mitchells & Butlers employs more than 35,000 staff and has delivered 10,000 apprenticeships in the past six years.
Its director of learning and talent development, Jan Smallbone, said: "Not only do our apprentices gain technical skills in both cookery and hospitality, they also build transferable skills that are essential to getting ahead in their careers, as well as the opportunity to further their studies to degree level and beyond."
Chief executive and director general of City & Guilds, Chris Jones, added that the businesses should be proud of their role in helping people gain the skills they need to be successful.
"After all, apprenticeships are a great way for people to earn as they learn, and they bring countless benefits to businesses," he said.
The Top 100 list was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the National Apprenticeship Awards, which were held at the Skills Show in Birmingham on 13 November.
The full Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers List can be viewed at: www.apprenticeships.org.uk