9 March, 2018

HCL celebrates apprentices this National Apprenticeship Week

Hertfordshire Catering Ltd celebrated this year’s National Apprenticeship Week (5 to 9 March) by showcasing the HCL Apprenticeship Scheme.

The HCL Apprenticeship Scheme is a government incentive which helps people to new skills through on the job training.

The apprenticeship scheme is a 12 – 15 month course and through the ILM, Institute of Leadership Management, HCL apprentices will gain an Award in Customer Focus – level 2 alongside their chef training.

Our apprenticeship programme provides a great option for school leavers or those looking for a career change, allowing you to earn and learn at the same time,” said Lin O’Brien, Chief Executive of HCL.

Designed for all ages, either school, college leavers or for those looking to change careers, our apprenticeships provide an opportunity to secure a permanent role within HCL, while receiving on-the-job training alongside gaining a qualification.

Annette Blackburn, from Welwyn Garden City, previously worked at an optician and is now completing a HCL apprenticeship. She commends the scheme which has given her the chance to learn about management and cooking at the same time:

Through the HCL apprenticeship programme, you are given a lot of support and a network with someone always available to help. My mentor regularly visits me at my school and I get the chance to recap my learning and go over new training.”

HCL apprentices are trained in food hygiene and safety, cooking from scratch, budget management, customer care, general management training and much more.

Vittorio Esposito is also completing an apprenticeship at HCL, after working as a checkout manager at a supermarket:

“I have learnt many new skills and have received a lot of support. I think it doesn’t matter what age you are, anyone can enjoy this rewarding career and a HCL apprenticeship.”