Contract catering giant BaxterStorey has partnered with Pearson Business School to launch a new degree apprenticeship scheme.
The unique opportunity offers seven ambitious students a three-year Business Management Honours degree.
The programme combines on-the-job experience with students working four days a week at one of BaxterStorey’s prestigious client locations, while completing a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship one day a week at Pearson Business School.
The degree apprenticeship is a first for the hospitality industry and will give students a foundation of training in hospitality and foodservice, where they will gain the practical and theoretical knowledge to craft a career in hospitality management.
The programme’s unique hands-on approach to development will see students experience all elements of the business over a period of three years – spending time in the kitchen, front of house and within support functions including finance, health and safety and project management.
Student-apprentices will receive a competitive salary, which is set to increase after the three years, while BaxterStorey will pick up the cost of the tuition fees to ensure students graduate debt-free.
Noel Mahony, Co-CEO at BaxterStorey, which employs 8,500 people across 700 locations, said: “As the UK’s fourth largest industry, the hospitality sector offers many exciting, innovative and often global career prospects, and we see the value of promoting these opportunities to attract young talent.
“Training is the foundation of our business, we’re proud to have had 120 graduates complete our Graduate Training Programme since 2010, as well as those who have achieved success through our apprenticeship schemes. Our partnership with Pearson Business School is the next step for us in supporting future stars of the industry with their training and career development; we look forward to following the experiences of our students during their degree apprenticeship”.