Apprenticeships at Greene King: Our Proudest Moments

25-year-old Jack Partlow thought he had his career path mapped out after gaining a BA (Hons) in Modern History and Sociology as well as a BTEC National Award in Engineering. However, he found a job in hospitality to pay for his university fees and ended up enjoying it so much, he stayed.

“I had worked my way up to running the kitchen by the time I had finished my degree and got my offer to move to Scotland with Greene King as Head Chef soon after. Although I could have a different job with fewer hours and more pay, I enjoy what I do and that's the main thing I look for in a job,” he explains.

Upon joining Greene King in Scotland, he was offered the chance to undertake an Apprenticeship and, in addition to working as Head Chef for Kingsway Farm in Dundee, is currently doing a Level 3 that combines on food production and management.

“I had no qualifications for my current job role, only experience, so I chose this course to gain relevant qualifications in food management,” he explains. “I would highly recommend an Apprenticeship because it gives you the knowledge for a job role while gaining actual real world experience.

Greene King apprentice Emma Rooney is a restaurant manager-in-waiting as she studies for her Level 2 Food and Beverage Apprenticeship while working at the Cuddie Brae in Mid Lothian. Emma, 19, was inspired to further her studies by a colleague who worked her way up to assistant manager via similar qualifications.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I did know I didn’t want to go to College,” she explains. “I secured a job as a waitress and felt that doing an Apprenticeship would be simpler and quicker than going to College. It also enabled me to work at the same time.”

Customer service is Emma’s passion and her aim is to run her own restaurant one day. “I enjoy face-to-face interaction with the customers, especially knowing they have received the best service possible.”

Emma’s manager, Elaine Russell, told her about the Apprenticeship and encouraged her to sign up. “Elaine has been very good to me, as has my Regional Trainer. Between them, they give me a lot of support and try to fit my one-to-one sessions around my work schedule.

“When I apply for my next role, I’ll have the qualifications as well as the experience and training for it. I would certainly recommend this route to my friends.”

Emma’s General Manager, Elaine Russell, says she is very proud of her progression through the Apprenticeship. “She is progressing very well and we all see great potential in her. We value the apprenticeship scheme and can see its worth via the quick building of her customer care skill set in the restaurant.”

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