Compass Group is inviting applications for the Chefs' Academy, its professional cookery apprenticeship programme for 16 to 18-year-olds.
The initiative, which aims to attract unemployed school leavers with an appetite for a culinary career in hospitality, will offer a minimum of 40 places this year.
Successful applicants will be able to earn while they learn on the two-year programme, to be delivered in three geographical hubs: Manchester, Birmingham and London.
The scheme has been designed to equip participants with practical competencies associated with professional cookery as well as life and business skills required for career development.
Andrew Richards, Compass Group UK & Ireland's HR director, said: "We understand that in the current climate the jobs market is really tough for young people and we wanted to create a scheme that would help school leavers get on the career ladder while also enabling them to learn while they earn.
"We fully support the Government's drive to tackle unemployment through apprenticeships and I believe The Chefs' Academy is a fantastic example of an apprenticeship scheme that provides great opportunities for young people."
On completion of the programme, successful apprentices will be offered a commis chef position within the business. After 12 months in their new roles, they will be given additional training opportunities through a professional cookery programme at level 3 stage or a diploma in hospitality supervision and leadership.
Applications for The Chefs' Academy open on 24 August and are available by accessing the B-Live, Springboard or National Apprenticeship Service websites. The closing date for applications is 13 September.
By Janie Manzoori-Stamford
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