The first Chester candidate of Pizza Hut Restaurants’ new degree level apprenticeship programme is set to enrol on the course this September.
The four-year programme, a first for the hospitality industry, is delivered in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and offers people an opportunity to study for a BA (Hons) Business Management degree while receiving on the job training with Pizza Hut Restaurants.
Successful apprentices will also receive a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Diploma in Leadership and Management and full CMI Chartered Manager status.
Chief people and marketing officer at Pizza Hut Restaurants, Kathryn Austin, said: “We are looking forward to following the progress of the apprentices as they begin the new degree level apprenticeship programme. The great thing about the scheme is that it gives people the opportunity to mix academic and practical modules, providing not just a fantastic skills base in the hospitality industry but also skills for life.
“Our people are at the heart of everything we do and only through them can we offer our customers an experience that is second to none. By investing in our employees we are able to build a more motivated and skilled workforce for the future.”
Chester apprentice James Mann, 18, works as a pizza chef and server at the Chester Retail Park Hut.
He said: “I’ve always had my mind set on attending university but couldn’t decide what to do as a degree. After hearing about the degree level apprenticeship programme with Pizza Hut restaurants, I felt it was an opportunity too good to be missed.
“My personal aim is to achieve a degree in business management and a managerial position within the company. It’s great to be able to combine the degree with practical, hands-on experience at a company I’m already familiar with.”