Apprenticeships at the Club

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and the perfect opportunity to give an insight into how the Royal Automobile Club uses apprenticeships to attract and develop talented people and upskill our existing workforce. As an employer who has been ‘blazing a trail’ for apprenticeships whilst helping to develop the new Hospitality Apprenticeship Standards with People 1st and the Hospitality Skills and Quality Board, we are passionate about developing our people.

We are delighted to welcome our two newest apprentices to the Club. Thomas Cummings (pictured busily at work preparing our banqueting food) and Charles Papaphotis, have both recently enrolled onto the Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme. They are the first apprentices to join our kitchen team at Woodcote Park, our Epsom clubhouse, and both attend NESCOT College. Thomas says of his apprenticeship: “I am delighted that the Club has given me an opportunity to become an Apprentice Chef. I get to learn in the workplace and attend NESCOT College regularly to develop my skills further.”

Did you know that the Club employs fifteen apprentices in total across our business? These are part of our Sue Brownson Apprenticeship Programme, founded in memory of our first
female member and Pall Mall Clubhouse Chairman.

Yuri Humphreys was our first apprentice to graduate on the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) Level 2 Commis Apprenticeship. He will soon be joined by Lily McDermott who is currently completing her end-point assessment before graduating. Both Yuri and Lily have now enrolled on the Level 3 Chef de Partie Apprenticeship with Westminster Kingsway College. Alex Gregoriou is also on the RACA programme and is about to graduate in the Level 3 Chef de Partie Apprenticeship. Congratulations to them!

Our other chef apprentices working at Pall Mall are: Luke Turley, Curtis Jackson and Gemma Wyatt, Level 3 Chef de Partie Apprentices and Dominic Hutton, Eva Abrahams and Jo Sewell, Level 2 Commis Chef Apprentices. Our first Level 3 Hospitality Supervisor Apprentice is Carlos Millan, who works in the Long Bar at Pall Mall and we also have Antoine Sallettaz, 19th Hole Bar Manager who is on the higher Level 4 Hospitality Manager programme linked to a Level 4 Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification.

We also support apprentices in other areas of our business including our two golf courses. The Club have partnered with Berkshire College of Agriculture and now have two Level 2 Greenkeeper Apprentices,
Ross Vincent and Jonathan Cowland.

The Club will potentially be recruiting more Hospitality Supervisor Apprentices and will be creating a Hospitality Team Member Apprentice position soon. If you would like to find out more about apprenticeships at the Royal Automobile Club, please email Graham Bishop, Learning and Development Manager: graham.bishop@royalautomobileclub.co.uk or click here to view our careers website.

Click here to read an article where Graham discusses how apprenticeships are helping the Club and
hospitality industry in general.

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