For starters: ‘Loving Hospitality’ at National Apprenticeship Show London, Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th March

Applauding our apprentices throughout National Apprenticeship Week 2019

National Apprenticeship Week has one mission; to bring the apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

At Mitchells & Butlers this is a week that encompasses our core values, because apprentices are a driving force of our business. Bringing creativity, fresh thinking and commitment to our workforce, we in return push them to strive for great achievement by offering a variety of award-winning hospitality apprenticeships, a structured training programme and above average wages and benefits.

Together we are building the future of the hospitality industry, and we want you to be part of this story. If you’re looking to be inspired, challenged and grow into a career take a look at our apprenticeship opportunities here, and see if you think you’ve got what it takes.

If you missed how we celebrated our apprentices, as well as spread the word of the opportunities the hospitality industry has to offer young people, here’s our National Apprenticeship Week round up:

For starters: ‘Loving Hospitality’ at National Apprenticeship Show London, Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th March

To kick off the week, we headed to the National Apprenticeship Show London to showcase our award-winning apprenticeship scheme alongside our ‘Loving Hospitality’ partners Marston’s and Greene King. With our pop-up pub centre stage, we challenged budding apprentices to our pulling pint challenge and tested their taste buds with our sherbet tasting station. Our apprenticeship team were also on hand to dish up more information about the apprenticeship opportunities we offer, as well as offer hospitality career advice.

Lauren Carroll, Mitchells and Butlers Vocational Learning Attraction Manager said “Attending the National Apprenticeship Shows is always a highlight in our calendar, especially the London shows during National Apprenticeship Week. The shows are a great way to showcase the opportunities available at Mitchells & Butlers to the future leaders of the hospitality industry.”

The main course: Celebrating our apprentices at the Houses of Parliament, Wednesday 6th March

Richard Helsby

On Wednesday 6th March, our apprenticeship team went to London where Mitchells & Butlers Director of Talent Development, Jan Smallbone, addressed business owners, apprentices and MPs attending a National Apprenticeship Week event held at the Houses of Parliament by highlighting the important role businesses have to play in supporting young people. During her speech, she said “regardless of the difficulties in the political landscape, what could be more important than ensuring young people have access to skills for life and sustainable employment?”

We were also delighted to see apprentice Richard Helsby awarded the Outstanding Apprentice Award for his continued excellent contribution to Mitchells & Butlers as part of the Stonehouse team.

“It was amazing to see Richard be recognised for his fantastic work. He’s a shining example to all of our apprentices and we wish him the best as he continues his journey with us.” said Lauren Carroll.

Our dessert:


Throughout National Apprenticeship Week, we gave our managers a chance to showcase some of our apprentices’ goals with our partners at Lifetime Training campaign #IAspireToBe. For example, Martyn Oram, level 2 apprentice chef has the ambition to become a Kitchen Manager within one year and an aim to become a General Manager within 5 years. Lauren said, “Martyn is just one of our many incredibly ambitious apprentices set for great things in the future.”

Martyn Oram
Bright Kumi


Alongside Lifetime’s campaign we gave our managers the chance to celebrate their apprentices with #ApplaudAnApprentice. The #ApplaudAnApprentice campaign provided managers a chance to put their apprentices under the spotlight and highlight the best apprentices within their brands. Although it was a very tough decision, one winner was chosen from each of our brands including Samantha Rhodes (Harvester), Dave Lewis (Browns), Josephine Leung (High St) and Bright Kumi (Miller and Carter). Our brand winners were rewarded for their exceptional work with vouchers to treat themselves to a meal they won’t be cooking or serving! From our kitchen to waiting teams, our apprentices really have been loving every moment!

Lauren rounded up the week by saying “National Apprenticeship Week is another great opportunity for us to highlight and celebrate our fantastic apprentices. We’re already looking forward to next year’s National Apprenticeship Week!”