Strode News

31/03/11 - Unique Apprenticeship Opportunities with Long-Term Prospects
Strode News

Businesses across Somerset have shown they believe in apprenticeships by offering more than 370 new opportunities since the campaign began in January

The owners of the Good Earth Vegetarian Café and whole food shop in Wells, Andrea and Mark Harrington are turning this belief into action by offering two new apprenticeships - trainee manager for their whole food shop and a trainee chef for their café.  They will be training them, with support from Strode College, to help manage the business in the future, so these are great opportunities with excellent prospects. 

Andrea and Mark began their business ten years ago having worked for many years in the hotel and catering industry.  Mark was head chef at the Ston Easton Park Hotel for many years where he met Andrea who worked front of house.  They also worked at Holbrook House Hotel in Wincanton, where Mark was Director and Andrea managed the health club. 

The success of their business is due in part to the uniqueness and quality of what they offer. It's also down to a shared passion for good quality produce and their personal partnership, conveyed in the warm and friendly atmosphere of the cafe.

Mark said: "I know how important it is to get the right training at the start of your career.  I was a trainee chef myself many years ago.  There's a lot to learn in any business and it's important to know how everything is done so that you can understand your role better. 

"Apprentices have to be enthusiastic and dedicated because they have to work hard and don't get a lot of money in the beginning.  But with the right training and motivation an apprenticeship can be the start of a great career. 

"We were happy when our daughter became an apprentice hairdresser last year and we are encouraging our son to consider an apprenticeship when he finishes his A levels.  We also have a daughter studying dentistry at university and she is very committed.  I think it's important to accept that you have to work hard to make the most of whatever path you take, and enjoying your work makes that easier."

Andrea said: "We want to show our apprentices how we do things, get them to share our values and to develop a commitment to the business and their own career.  They will have a lot to learn but we will work closely with them.  We really do want our apprentices to stay with us when their training ends and we want them to be able to run things when we need them to.  We have a great team and we're looking forward to our apprentices joining us."

All apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on the National Apprenticeships website.

To find out more about apprenticeships call Strode College on 01458 844476.