Little Wing Launch New Apprenticeship Scheme

Niamh Parker Consumer

Home-grown pizzeria group, Little Wing has launched a new scheme which will offer eight individuals the chance to gain an apprenticeship, which will provide an NVQ, credited by Babcock International.

The scheme, targeted towards 17 to 24-year olds, will offer 21 hours of employment per week at £5 per hour, with a further potential to increase to £8.11 after training.

The aim of the scheme is to get young people into employment and to give them an opportunity to start their career within the hospitality industry through a training system that is tailored specifically to Little Wing. The hospitality sector in Northern Ireland has the potential to become a £1 billion industry by 2020 and independent reports predict an additional 2,000 chefs will be required, with an additional 30,000 related vacancies to fill by 2024.

The apprenticeships will be available at six restaurants; Bangor, Belfast, Holywood, Lisburn, Newtownards and Enniskillen and will consist of an in-house training programme along with an NVQ Level 2 in Kitchen Services which can help create a pathway into professional chef and catering careers.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone seeking training and a career in hospitality with one of the biggest companies in the industry. Little Wing Pizzeria is part of the Beannchor Group, Ireland’s largest hospitality group, which boasts a portfolio of over 50 pubs, hotels and restaurants across Northern Ireland. Any individual that participates in the apprenticeship will have access to a wide variety of pathways not only within Little Wing but across the Beannchor Group when opportunities become available.

Luke Wolsey, managing director of Little Wing Pizzeria, said: I am proud that we are in the position to be able to help young people gain vital experience to start their career. I look forward to working closely with them all, raising awareness of the hospitality industry and providing advice on how to continually improve.”

To apply, candidates should be aged between 17 and 24 and can apply via beannchorcareers.com , emailing their CV or application to careers@beannchor.com or by calling 028 9026 2718. They should not be in full-time employment, education or training.

For further information visit littlewingpizzeria.com, or follow Little Wing on Twitter and Facebook @LittleWingPizza.

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