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Compass helps Boris find apprentice target

14 July 2011

While Boris Johnson announced his target to reach 20,000 apprentices this year, Compass Group UK & Ireland, part of the world’s largest catering and support services company, made its own pledge too: to offer 1600 apprenticeship places to its employees in 2011/12.

Apprentices, including 13 from Compass, with: Tim Campbell, the Mayor’s Ambassador for Training and Enterprise; Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London; and Simon Waugh, Executive Chairman of the National Apprenticeship Service.[Photo credit: James O Jenk

Compass has provided apprenticeship opportunities for many years, each year increasing the number of places substantially: in 2009/10, 750 employees completed an apprenticeship; in 2010/11, the number increased to 950 and for the year ahead Compass has set an even more ambitious target of 1600.

Apprenticeships are open to all site-based employees including assistants, chefs, supervisors and managers and cover a vast number of subjects such as Professional Cookery, Hospitality Supervision, Leadership and Management as well as role-specific subjects including cleaning, portering, business services and food and beverage. The most recent apprenticeship to be added to the qualifications portfolio is facilities management which was completed by the first ten applicants in September 2010.

Vicky Williams, HR Director, Resourcing & Development at Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: “Investing in people is incredibly important in the service industry. We believe in nurturing talent within the company, providing experience and formal qualifications to create managers and leaders of the future. We were really pleased that some of Compass’ apprentices joined the Mayor of London to mark both the national and Compass pledges.”


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