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Little Wing's New Apprenticeship Scheme To Provide Career Opportunities

Kelly McAllister

PIZZA chain Little Wing has launched a new apprenticeship scheme that will give eight young people the chance to start a kick-start a career in the hospitality industry.

It is offering 21 hours of employment a week and an in-house training programme which will lead to an NVQ Level 2 in Kitchen Services, credited by Babcock International.

Apprentices will receive £5 an hour, with the potential for it to to rise to £8.11 after training. Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to progress within the fast-growth business, and a range of company benefits will be made available to them.

The scheme is targeted towards 17- to 24-year olds and will be available at Little Wing's restaurants in Bangor, Belfast, Holywood, Lisburn, Newtownards and Enniskillen.

"I'm proud that we're able to help young people gain vital experience to start their career, and I look forward to working closely with them all, raising awareness of the hospitality industry and providing advice on how to continually improve," managing director Luke Wolsey said.

The hospitality sector in Northern Ireland has the potential to become a £1 billion industry by 2020, with independent reports predicting that 2,000 more chefs will be required, as well as an additional 30,000 related vacancies needing filled by 2024.

Little Wing is part of Ireland's largest hospitality group Beannchor, which runs hotels and pubs including the Merchant, Bullitt, Cloth Ear and Yardbird.

Anyone who participates in the apprenticeship scheme (more details at www.beannchorcareers.com) will have access to a number of pathways within Little Wing and across the wider group when opportunities arise.

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