How to get the most out of your apprenticeship

How to get the most out of your apprenticeship

Martha Doherty our consultant managing the role
Date posted: 06/03/2023

So, you've got apprenticeships on your radar, have you? We already think you've got great taste. Apprenticeships are a brilliant way to learn a new trade or take your skills to the next level. The programmes are designed to build your confidence and knowledge and leave you with a qualification that will open up new doors.

Sounds great, right? But how do you get the most out of your apprenticeship? To help you out, we spoke to a few apprentices at Mitchells & Butlers. We'd like to introduce you to Ashlea, Josh and Lauren.

Ashea

Ashlea is part of the team at one of our Ember Inns sites in Birmingham. She is currently working towards her Level 2 Production Chef Apprenticeship where she's been supporting her business by working through the busy festive period and supporting sites nearby. She has set some fantastic goals for the future.

Jack

Jack originally joined us at Miller & Carter Grantham as a team member. But when he heard about the chef apprenticeship that M&B offers, he couldn’t turn down an opportunity to learn more and changed into a chef overnight. He's been helping the back-of-house and front-of-house teams work better together because he gets both sides of the story.

Lauren

Lauren has been working in an Ember Inns site in Birmingham for 12 months and is completing her Level 2 Food and Beverage Apprenticeship. She's picked up so many new skills already that she's soon to be promoted to a team coach position.

Now that we're all on first-name basis, let's get into the good stuff and hear about their apprenticeships so far and their advice for you.

What is your favourite thing about working at M&B?

Ashlea - I love the fact that it is engaging - there is always something to do. There is no waiting around for work to be given to you - you can always find something to do and learn. Plus, the team here is super friendly!

Josh - There are so many benefits, like the discounts. And it’s a really friendly, positive environment. There are loads of opportunities to grab as well. I started in the waiting team but got a chance to move into the kitchen.

Lauren - It’s such a large company, so I have loads of opportunities. I can go explore all the different brands and businesses if I wanted to.

What’s been your favourite part of your apprenticeship?

Ashlea - I’ve managed to cook on the grill and learnt how to cook steaks to the customer's liking. This was scary at first, but now I love it!

Josh - Working the busy shifts and trying to keep up with everyone else.

Lauren - The fact that I’ve learnt so many new things. I didn’t know much at the start, and this really gets me excited.

What skills have you learnt so far?

Ashlea - I’m more confident, I manage my time and social life better, and I enjoy working.

Josh - Organisation and making sure my section is ready to go. The Spec is our bible. We use it to make sure every dish is spot on so guests know how great our food is, no matter where in the country they’re eating it.

Lauren - I’ve really improved my customer service skills, and I’ve also learnt how to balance my work and social life.

Have you had any funny moments in your new role?

Ashlea - Yes! When I saw the calamari for the first time, I didn’t know what it was. There were tentacles on it and everything, and it looked like it didn’t belong here. Everyone was laughing at my reaction!

Josh - There’s been lots of dropping. I dropped some raspberries, and it looked like blood everywhere. The teams’ faces were really funny.

Lauren - Getting into the kitchen and learning how to ‘chef’ in my new chef whites was a funny moment! Cooking my first fish was fun but kind of scary!

Where do you see your apprenticeship taking you?

Ashlea - I would love to be a Head Chef. Once I finish the Level 2 Chef Apprenticeship, I want to do the Chefs’ Academy and learn to cook food that isn’t on the menu. I like the fact I get paid to learn and progress.

Josh - I want to be a full-time chef with a qualification because this is what I enjoy.

Lauren - I would like to go into management. I'm hoping to start the course for my next role soon, so hopefully, I’m on my way.

Do you have any advice for anyone else who is just starting or thinking about starting an apprenticeship with M&B?

Ashlea - Do it! Get stuck in wherever you can. Try everything, and ask to try more. You need to stay on top of your work though, so ask for help if you need it - everyone is up for helping.

Josh - Stay on top of your apprenticeship work. And, if you have questions, ask them. No question is too silly!

Lauren - Learn everything you are supposed to at home and try your hardest to put it into practice at work because it really helps.

Come and join the team!

No matter what experience you have, there’s an apprenticeship programme with your name on it at Mitchells & Butlers.

Not only will you earn while you learn, but you also get to work with your besties. Our apprentices come from all sorts of backgrounds, but they have one thing in common - they do things the M&B way. Check out apprenticeships at M&B to find out more about what it means to work with us.

List #1

Some articles you might like

4 people stood in a kitchen, one with their back to the camera, each are wearing striped aprons and chef hats.
What skills do you need to be a Kitchen Assistant?

Teaser

Kitchen

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

05/02/2024

Summary

Ready to turn up the heat in the kitchen? Whether you’re moving between Mitchells and Butlers brands or teams, or looking for an exciting new role, there are plenty of kitchen assistant skills that

Teaser

Find out more
Rebecca Skeet

by

Rebecca Skeet

Rebecca Skeet

by

Rebecca Skeet

A man standing behind a bar, pulling a pint of beer for a woman.
Is running a pub hard work?

Teaser

Management

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

04/30/2024

Summary

We’ll get straight to the point - running a pub can be hard. Whether it’s a fast-paced environment, regulations, cracking customer service, or working on the grind, you’ll have a lot to keep you busy

Teaser

Find out more
Rebecca Skeet

by

Rebecca Skeet

Rebecca Skeet

by

Rebecca Skeet

A smiling man in a grey shirt in a restaurant kitchen stood in front of four plates of food.
What does a Kitchen Assistant do?

Teaser

Kitchen

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

04/25/2024

Summary

Think that being a Kitchen Assistant is a boring job with no career progression? Think again! That’s just one of many big myths about working in a kitchen. There’s much more to being a Kitchen Assista

Teaser

Find out more
Rachael Langley

by

Rachael Langley

Rachael Langley

by

Rachael Langley

Young woman serving bright cocktail on a bar with fully stocked shelf of spirits as a backdrop
Why working in a pub is the best summer job for students

Teaser

General

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

04/24/2024

Summary

Evenings are staying lighter for longer and the days are growing warmer. Dare we say summer is on the way? If you’re thinking “How can I make money as a student?” and are keen to make some extra cas

Teaser

Find out more
Jess Birch

by

Jess Birch

Jess Birch

by

Jess Birch

graphic showing mitchells and butlers sustainability goals: reducing emissions, cutting waste and protecting bio-diversity
Earth Day 2024: how are we achieving our sustainability goals?

Teaser

Life at M&B

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

04/19/2024

Summary

22nd April marks Earth Day internationally so this year, we caught up with Amy DeMarsac, Director of Investor Relations and Sustainability to talk about our continued focus on all things sustainabilit

Teaser

Find out more
Nicki Hodson

by

Nicki Hodson

Nicki Hodson

by

Nicki Hodson

3 people sat in a restaurant garden, the waiter stands in the middle of the two people at the table.
How to find a part-time summer job

Teaser

General

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

04/08/2024

Summary

Looking to make this summer one to remember? Part-time jobs might just be your ticket to a season filled with flexibility, fun, and new connections. You still get to soak up those sunny days with

Teaser

Looking to make this summer one to remember? Part-time jobs might just be your ticket to a season filled with flexibility, fun, and new connections.

Find out more
Rebecca Skeet

by

Rebecca Skeet

Rebecca Skeet

by

Rebecca Skeet

sous chef standing over a kitchen apprentice watching them prep food
What skills do you need to be a sous chef?

Teaser

Kitchen

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

04/05/2024

Summary

Step into the kitchen with us as we delve into the world of sous chefs! You know what a sous chef job is all about, but have you ever wondered what it takes to be a great sous chef? When it comes

Teaser

Find out more
Rachael Langley

by

Rachael Langley

Rachael Langley

by

Rachael Langley

group of people sat in an office at a long desk
Area manager interview questions and how to answer them

Teaser

General

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

03/18/2024

Summary

So you’re eyeing up area manager jobs? Firstly, a big congratulations to you! Reaching this point in your management career is no mean feat. You’ve dedicated time, weathered storms and basked in suns

Teaser

We've put together a list of top area manager interview questions, along with tips to help you dazzle.

Find out more
Amandeep Chahal

by

Amandeep Chahal

Amandeep Chahal

by

Amandeep Chahal

Celebrating Mother's Day: Ella tells us how she manages being a General Manager and a mum

Teaser

Company update

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

03/08/2024

Summary

In celebration of Mother's Day, we wanted to highlight all the amazing mums who work in our businesses, whether as leaders, general managers, as part of our amazing front and back of house teams or su

Teaser

Find out more
Rebecca Houseago

by

Rebecca Houseago

Rebecca Houseago

by

Rebecca Houseago

martie smitt, director at mitchells and butlers in front of mitchells and butlers sign
Insights From a Female Leader: From Corporate Graduate to Trading Director

Teaser

Company update

Content Type

Blog

Publish date

03/06/2024

Summary

In honour of International Women's Day, we're celebrating the remarkable journey of our very own Martie Smit, who has recently secured her second director-level role within M&B as Food and Drinks Trad

Teaser

Find out more
Nicki Hodson

by

Nicki Hodson

Nicki Hodson

by

Nicki Hodson

Jobs

Jobs you might like...

Part Time Bar Staff

Salary

Competitive Salary

Location

Wulstan, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 8DS

Departments

Bar Staff

Hours

Part Time

Vacancy Type

Other role

Brand

Sizzling Pub & Grill

Location

Newcastle-under-Lyme

Description

No CV to hand? No problem! We've made our application process mobile friendly and removed the need for a CV. Our form takes 2 minutes to complete and tells us all we need about you!  As Bar Staff at 

Reference

2195475

Expiry Date

01/01/0001

Apply Add to shortlist
Kitchen Assistant

Salary

Competitive Salary

Location

Toby Carvery - Stafferton Lodge, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN

Departments

Kitchen Assistant

Hours

Full Time

Vacancy Type

Other role

Brand

Toby Carvery

Location

Maidenhead

Description

No CV to hand? No problem! We've made our application process mobile friendly and removed the need for a CV. Our form takes 2 minutes to complete and tells us all we need about you!  With your suppor

Reference

2195417

Expiry Date

01/01/0001

Apply Add to shortlist
Waiting Staff

Salary

Competitive Salary

Location

Toby Carvery - Stafferton Lodge, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN

Departments

Waiting Staff

Hours

Full Time

Vacancy Type

Other role

Brand

Toby Carvery

Location

Maidenhead

Description

No CV to hand? No problem! We've made our application process mobile friendly and removed the need for a CV. Our form takes 2 minutes to complete and tells us all we need about you!  As Waiting Staff

Reference

2195416

Expiry Date

01/01/0001

Apply Add to shortlist
 

job search