Apprentices to get slice of the action with Pizza Hut programme

Pizza Hut has announced plans to create over 1,500 degree level apprenticeships over the next five years, with skills minister Nick Boles encouraging more restaurants to follow the pizza chain’s lead and hire young learners.

Earning some dough while learning
Apprentices will learn a variety of skills during their time with the restaurant, including guest service, hospitality leadership, food production and financial analysis. The degree level apprenticeships will run with Manchester Metropolitan University.
The programme has been opened up to all Pizza Hut restaurants across England, with Scotland and Wales planning to use the scheme soon.
Unlike most apprenticeship employers, its apprentices will earn the national minimum wage instead of the statutory Apprentice minimum wage, which currently stands at £3.30.

‘The best training and development’
Skills minister Nick Boles, who launched the programme, said:
‘‘Apprenticeships add value to our businesses and workforce right across the economy. These apprenticeships at Pizza Hut Restaurants will offer even more people the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge while working.
I would encourage more businesses to take the lead from companies like Pizza Hut Restaurants to start or expand their apprenticeship programmes,’’ continued the minister.
Kathryn Austin, Director of HR and Marketing at Pizza Hut Restaurants commented:
‘‘Our people are truly at the heart of our business. Only through them can we offer our customers an experience that is second to none so we are delighted to be leading the industry with our degree level programme.
The launch of our Apprenticeships comes at an exciting time for our business as we continue to make headway in our refurbishment programme. Over the next few years we will work hard to provide our apprentices and team members with the best training and development so that we can equip them with skills for life.’’