Catering apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular at Highbury where around 16 enthusiastic young professionals are currently honing their skills in our state-of-the-art training kitchens or front of house in Chimes Restaurant.

Many top restaurants choose to send their apprentices to us because of our enviable reputation in the industry. They currently include the Lysses Hotel in Fareham, the Old House in Wickham, the Golden Lion pub in Southwick and Southsea Tennis Club.

“There’s been a steady increase over the last 3 years, both at Level 2 and 3, and we have a 100 percent success rate,” said Programme Leader Matt Sussex.

He says apprentices benefit by coming into the college for up-skilling training sessions in our fantastic facilities one-day a week.

Our programmes can be tailored to suit the needs of the various businesses covering professional cookery, food & beverage service and supervision & leadership.

A keen advocate is Sonny Goldring, Head Chef at the Golden Lion and part of the Hampshire Chefs’ Forum. His first apprentice, Louise Hunt, is now full-time Commis Chef, his second, Alex Reilly, is in her second year, and he’s currently seeking a third.

“The apprenticeship scheme has been an absolute godsend,” he said. “The apprentices are keen to learn, both at college and from hands-on experience with professional chefs here, they earn money at the same time and my professional chefs learn from them because they get to revisit some of the things they first learned years ago, everybody wins!”

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  • Date 16/10/2015