An interview with Apprentice, Chris Pears

We believe that having apprentices in our business is a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

We wanted to share our appreciation for our apprentices by sharing some of their inspirational stories, charting the journey of an amazing team member who is studying for a qualification under an apprenticeship:

In this interview we talk to Chris Pears to find out more about their on the job and off the job learning:

Tell us a little about yourself

“I’m Assistant Manager at Eastwood Hall. I joined the team here in 2013 as a casual food and beverage attendant, covering the bars, restaurant, banquets, weddings and conferences. I then became Food and Beverage Supervisor in 2017 and late last year I was promoted to Assistant Manager.

“When I’m not at work, you’d find me either at the Emirates Stadium watching my beloved Arsenal, running around after my two little dogs or playing Call of Duty or FIFA on my PlayStation with some of my work mates.”

What are you studying?

“I’m due to start my apprenticeship in a few weeks’ time, and I’m going to be studying the Level 4 Multi-Functional Management Apprenticeship. It will take me two years to complete and it will involve me working across each department, learning procedures and being assessed in each role.”

Why now?

I’m passionate about a career in hospitality so when this opportunity was posted, I jumped on it and applied. The Venues Collection has so many opportunities right now for people like me who want to progress their careers and train in an area they feel passionate about.

What impact will this have on your career?

I’m working towards a role in operations which means that I’ll need experience in every area of the business; this qualification will enable me to gain an understanding of each department and I’ll be working closely with each Head of Department, and eventually I’ll be running the departments when managers have their days off or go on holiday.

How does the study time fit with your ‘day job’?

“Most of the qualification is based on assessments of my ‘on the job’ work, but there will be written work too. Ask me this in a few months’ time, but so far so good!”

Did you know…?

As well as supporting and developing our team with apprenticeship programmes, we also specialise in providing accommodation for apprentices when they are away from home completing ‘hands on’ type training.

Our Apprentice Charter was launched to help and reassure businesses and outlines our commitment. The Charter demonstrates the expertise in the team and our specialisation in providing accommodation and training rooms tailored to the very specific needs of apprentices. The Charter also includes a ‘duty of care’ programme including safeguarding options available if required.

For more information about our Apprentice Charter or to chat to our team about accommodation for your apprentices, please contact us on:

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