Dine Contract Catering has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to training the next generation of foodservice professionals by reaching the milestone of graduating its 100th qualified apprentice
Beth Lowe (pictured above) is the latest of 65 team members at the company that are working towards apprenticeship qualifications (NVQs), having already completed her Level 2 Diploma in Customer Service apprenticeship whilst working full time as a general assistant.
Dine Contract Catering was recently included on The Sunday Telegraph’s Top Apprenticeship Careers List and has also been presented with a Quality Mark Award from People 1st for its bespoke training package that it has developed in partnership with hospitality specialist HIT Training.
Dine Contract Catering’s managing director, Ian Cartwright, is a committed advocate for the business benefits of offering apprenticeships. “We’re over the moon after reaching this landmark with our 100th apprentice. It’s a great achievement for our business, as training is vital to delivering the highest possible standards across our organisation, but also for the wider Industry as a whole. And with nearly a quarter of job openings in 2015 left vacant, filling the industry’s skills gap has never been more important,” he said.
“Apprenticeships are crucial to attracting talented young people within the Sector, as well as making a hugely valuable contribution to our business, which is why we are fully committed to taking on new apprentices and encouraging talent within the Contract Catering Industry,” Mr Cartwright added.