Jonathan Foot discusses what actions we have been taking to support new talent in the sector

As part of Hospitality Apprenticeship Week, we spoke to Compass Group UK & Ireland Head of Apprenticeships and Early Careers, Jonathan Foot to discuss what actions we have been taking to support new talent in the sector and what career development our teams are offered.

Jonathan says “We work in partnership with Springboard who deliver our Gateway to Employment Programmes offering people a 3-week course, with a guaranteed interview. We were one of the first large employers to be successful in supporting 16-24-year olds who are on Universal Credits offering up to 500 Skills Development Opportunities and I am very proud that we were able to implement this initiative successfully throughout lockdown and see such positive results.”

“We also run our Junior Chef Academy, which is an introduction to Hospitality/Culinary with pupils from local schools in partnership with City of Portsmouth College, and most recently Stoke On Trent College. This year we have seen the impact of these programmes with our first two candidates join the Compass Family on their Commis Chef Apprenticeship.”

“It’s not all about culinary apprenticeships at Compass though, we offer over 40 apprenticeships from Front-of-House to Facilities Management and Events, Retail, Business, Finance, HR and even IT and digital solutions. We’re dedicated to fostering a culture from within by providing development opportunities for everyone. Earlier this year the business launched ‘Career Pathways’, a programme which promotes progression.”

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