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Robert Halfon MP, supports Parliamentary launch of Greene King report as it aims to Level-Up by taking on 5,000 new apprentices.

Business / Fri 1st Jul 2022 am31 06:48am

ROBERT Halfon, MP for Harlow and Chair of the Education Select Committee, has backed a new Parliamentary report launched by the country’s leading pub retailer and brewer, Greene King on the role that pubs can play in levelling up the country through skills development, job creation and local community activity. 

The report has found that almost a year on from fully reopening after COVID-19, the pub industry is still on a journey to full recovery, and the road to recovery is investing in people, pubs and communities, no matter their age or background. Greene King has already played a major role in this, having supported 15,000 apprentices since 2011, provided employment opportunities to 100 prison leavers through a Releasing Potential programme, and worked with organisations such as The Princes Trust to help young people get into work.  With more than 43% of jobs in the hospitality sector filled by people under the age of 25, it’s clear that the industry has a major role to play in offering young people career opportunities, training and skills. 

The report, titled: “Untapping Potential: The Role of Pubs in Levelling Up, Skills, Jobs and Communities”, shows that pubs are an important driver of social mobility. Growing careers from the pub floor to senior leadership, not only improves people’s lives but contributes to economic growth. Apprenticeships generated over £3.3 billion worth of income in 2017/18, which can contribute to other businesses in the local community.

Key commitments include:

  • Expanding the apprenticeship scheme by 5,000 and 100 interns by 2025.
  • Expanding an already successful ‘Releasing Potential’ programme, which so far supported 100 prison leavers into roles within Greene King, aiming to recruit 300 more prison leavers through the programme by 2025.
  • Launch a new Apprentice Chef Academy this year to train the next generation of leading chefs.

Speaking at the report launch, Mr. Halfon said:  “I’ve been a loyal customer of Greene King for many years, having originally formed a relationship with the company and CEO Nick Mackenzie whilst I was Skills Minister. I thoroughly welcome the launch of their new report. 

“Apprenticeships have been my passion in politics ever since I dedicated my first speech in Parliament in 2010 to the topic, and I’m proud of the fact that 8,000 apprenticeships have been taken on in Harlow since then. 

“Greene King has been one of the key contributors to this total and I had the pleasure of meeting some of the team members undertaking an apprenticeship in our local pubs. I’m continuously impressed by the range of roles and opportunities on offer. I believe that Greene King are leading the way when it comes to skills and apprenticeships. If every company was like this, the skills revolution would have already happened. 

“Not only do apprenticeships allow young people the chance to earn while they learn, but they often lead to full-time jobs within the same company and give apprentices the training they need to progress their careers.

“I look forward to seeing more Harlow Greene King apprentices in the future!”

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1 Comment for Robert Halfon MP, supports Parliamentary launch of Greene King report as it aims to Level-Up by taking on 5,000 new apprentices.:

gary roberts
2022-07-01 08:08:50

Never shy of a photo call again Mr. Halfon. How many of those opportunities will be coming to Harlow? Will the next photo call be on a picket line in support of the criminal bar or the doctors, nurses and support staff asking for a proper pay rise? No chance.

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