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Pizza Express & Lifetime Training launch UK’s First ‘Pizzaiolo Apprenticeship’

Skills minister Matthew Hancock said: "Hands-on experience with one of the country's leading restaurant chains will prove invaluable for people wanting to go into hospitality."

The first ever nationally recognised qualification in the art of pizza-making has been launched. Over the next three years 200 new apprentices across the nation will learn under the tutelage of expert Pizzaiolas, receiving top-quality training in the essential skills needed to kick-start their career as a professional chef.

Lifetime Training, in partnership with renowned restaurant group PizzaExpress and vocational education specialists City & Guilds, has created the one year ‘Pizzaiolo Apprenticeship’. The equivalent of five GCSEs at grade A-C, the apprenticeship was set up with help from the highly respected National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), and will involve face-to-face tuition from Lifetime Training, guidance from onsite mentors, development workshops and master classes.

Experts will work closely with apprentices, teaching them all the secrets behind making the perfect pizza. Forming an integral part of this will be the secrets of PizzaExpress’ coveted dough. Apprentices will also work towards an Intermediate (Level 2) Apprenticeship in Kitchen Services, which equips them with all the knowledge and skills required to work in a bustling restaurant environment.

Trainees will quickly find themselves at the heart of a busy, professional kitchen. As well as covering off the basics, including ingredient preparation, the apprentices will take on the vital kitchen services skills to enable them to work safely and efficiently.

Richard Hodgson, PizzaExpress’ CEO said: ”We’re a big brand with a big responsibility to lead our sector. This means investing in our people, creating new opportunities, giving our teams a reason to feel good about what they do and, by doing so, ensuring the quality of our food for the nation’s pizza-lovers.”

Kirstie Donnelly, Director of Product Development, City & Guilds said:”PizzaExpress is investing in high-quality, work-based training, which is key to developing tomorrow’s workforce and we’re delighted to have been able to team up with them.”

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