200 In 100 Campaign Gets First Pledge

Weston College’s 200 in 100 campaign has received its first pledge.

The Railway Inn at Sandford, which is owned by Thatchers Cider, has pledged to take on a Commis Chef Level 2 apprentice from the College. The Commis Chef apprenticeship is part of the College’s new School of Food programme which sees it working with top chefs Josh Eggleton and Adrian Kirikmaa as well as St Katherine’s School in Pill in order to provide valuable work experience and mentoring to its students.

The 200 in 100 campaign aims to attract 200 apprenticeship pledges in just 100 working days in order to supply more opportunities for the College’s students and assist businesses across the region and beyond to develop their workforce.

Phil Smith, Visitor Services Manager at Thatchers Cider Company said: “We are very excited to support Weston College’s 200 in 100 campaign. We see apprenticeships as an effective way of building our workforce. In an industry where there is a skills gap, developing and training our own chefs and giving them real life experience is crucial.

“The support we have received so far from the College has been second to none, we look forward to developing our apprentice and hopefully many more apprentices in the future.”

These thoughts were echoed by Tracie Leahy, Head of Apprenticeship Sales and Recruitment at Weston College, who added: “We’re delighted to be working with Thatchers Cider and the Railway Inn. They’re a prestigious company from the South West and it is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their talents in a working environment.”

You can keep an eye on the campaign’s progress across social media, with #200in100 being used on Twitter.

If you are interested in pledging to take on an apprentice, you can pledge here: https://www.weston.ac.uk/200in100/pledge-here

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