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Amadeus partners with UCB in apprenticeship drive to tackle skills shortage

Amadeus is addressing the hospitality industry’s skills shortage through its innovative apprenticeship programme.

The catering arm of the NEC Group has recruited 12 new apprentices so far this year, who will gain practical, real-life experience working within the NEC Group venues, combined with practical training provided in partnership with local educational institution University College Birmingham (UCB).

UCB, internationally renowned for its food and hospitality courses, have joined forces with Amadeus for the first time to offer bespoke Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeships. 

The 12 candidates will work towards positions of permanent employment with Amadeus in a bid to help the company develop a strong pipeline of future talent, with additional apprenticeship drives taking place through the year.

Kevin Watson, Managing Director of Amadeus, said: “People are the lifeblood of Amadeus – like all other large-scale caterers, we are constantly in need of new talent to help the company thrive.

“By developing bespoke programmes in partnership with our local institutions, we are training up versatile individuals that understand the nuances of different types of catering we operate in – be that retail, hospitality or standalone banqueting.”

Gail Tipper, Head of Apprenticeships at UCB, said: “Earlier this year we cemented our partnership with Amadeus – the deal is one of the first for UCB that reflects the government’s new apprenticeship regulations and we are excited to be part of Amadeus’ quest to bring on the next generation of top chefs.”

The company is currently set to reach its target of training 200 apprentices by 2020.


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