On Tuesday 7th March 2017, at the luxurious Lancaster London Hotel, 40 hospitality apprentice graduates were recognised for their commitment to lifelong learning and their achievements over the past 12 – 18 months; including securing sustainable employment within the sector.
Hosted by elite hospitality apprenticeship provider, Umbrella Training, the ceremony also saw the awarding of the inaugural Purple Umbrella Award, given to the individual who has shone during their apprenticeship and demonstrated extraordinary commitment which adds value to their employer.
Sarah Nerys-Judge, a level three chef apprentice at the Hyatt Regency London, was awarded the hotly contested apprentice of the year title by celebrated chef, Brian Turner CBE, who was the evening’s special guest. Judges of the award said: “Sarah is an exceptional apprentice who had gone above and beyond not only in her role at the Hyatt, but also in her promotion of apprenticeships as a viable career route for those interested in joining the hospitality sector.”
The celebration evening marked the second day of National Apprenticeship Week; designed to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy. Earlier in the day, a group of hospitality employers teamed up with Umbrella Training to travel across the South East and Central London on a co-branded Route Master Bus to promote hospitality apprenticeships, and careers in the sector, to young people.
Adele Oxberry, Managing Director at Umbrella Training said: “National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity to get out there and shout about the opportunities that our sector has to offer those interested in an apprenticeship. We loved visiting schools and businesses across the South East and London today, working with our employer partners to help young people understand how an apprenticeship can lead to a fantastic career in hospitality.”
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