Admiral paves way for licensees to offer apprenticeships to staff
Chester-based business Admiral Taverns has reported strong demand from its licensees for an apprenticeship programme it has created in concert with Charnwood Training Group.
The community pub group has joined forces with national firm Charnwood Training to enable its licensees to offer the BIIAB Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships in Licensed Hospitality.
More than 60 of Admiral's licensees have already set the ball rolling by identifying suitable candidates for the programme, with many more expected to follow suit in the coming weeks and months. The adoption of the BII apprenticeship and partnership with Charnwood means licensees will be able to offer their staff recognised professional qualifications designed specifically for pubs and delivered by industry specialists.
Suzanne Smith, head of licensee recruitment and training at Admiral Taverns, said: "It's still early days for Admiral apprenticeships and rather than adopting a scatter-gun approach, we have targeted our most appropriate licensees - those with larger teams and with businesses that would benefit most from the apprenticeship scheme. Nevertheless, we're delighted to have received such strong interest from our licensees and expect this momentum to build further as word spreads across the business.
"Our priority is to implement training that provides tangible outcomes and aids business performance. There is much evidence to prove that apprenticeships deliver the results we're looking for and we felt Charnwood's approach was a perfect fit for our business. The next step is to progress the individuals our licensees have put forward to the starting line of a level two or level three apprenticeships."
The programme will see trainers from Charnwood visit candidates at Admiral pubs regularly, with the lion's share of the apprenticeship delivered in-pub. Most learning needs will be met 'on-the-job' or online via interactive learning sessions, with full mentoring and support provided by the individual learner's local Charnwood training officer.
Gerwyn House, managing director at Charnwood Training Group, said: "We're delighted to have this opportunity to partner with Admiral Taverns and its licensees and we're looking forward to working together to develop and nurture the very best young talent in the team.
"This announcement is a timely boost for industry apprenticeships as more and more employers begin to sit up and take notice of the unrivalled value an apprentice can provide."
In addition to apprenticeship training being fully funded, Admiral licensees who employ an apprentice are also entitled to a £1,500 incentive payment from the government after 13 weeks of an apprentice starting a programme.