Local apprentice meets with MP at event in Parliament

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13 Feb 2020
A Wirral apprentice working at the Arrowe Park pub has met Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood in Parliament at a Hospitality Apprenticeship Showcase event.

Kieron Sharkey-Solomon-Denson is currently undertaking an apprenticeship with Greene King – the UK's largest pub retailer and brewer – which runs the Arrowe Park as a Hungry Horse pub.

At the event in Parliament, around 200 apprentices from employers across the country showcased their skills along with representatives from education and training providers and trade associations.

The hospitality industry currently supports around 3.2 million jobs and is responsible for creating around one in six of all new employment positions in the UK.

There are a range of apprenticeships available at Greene King which the company says ‘can open doors in Front of House and Kitchen roles, all the way up to supervisory and management levels’.

Margaret Greenwood MP said:

“It was a real pleasure to meet with Kieron and his parents at the Hospitality Apprenticeship Showcase in Parliament and to hear about the benefits of an apprenticeship.

“It was great to hear how much Kieron enjoys doing his apprenticeship with Greene King at the Arrowe Park pub and to see how enthusiastic he is about his future in the hospitality industry.

“I eat at the Arrowe Park pub from time to time and so may well have enjoyed a meal or two that Kieron has prepared. It was nice to be able to thank him for his work.

“Kieron should be very proud of his achievements so far and I wish him all the best for the future.

“Apprenticeships offer people the opportunity to learn and develop skills away from a school environment. I would encourage young people to look at them as a structured route to skilled employment.”

Kieron said:

“I really enjoy working at the Arrowe Park.

“The apprenticeships last between 12 and 14 months for the first level which is what I’ve just completed. We receive a welcome pack and a full plan of action for the duration of the course to ensure we can keep ourselves on target.

“We have our trainer from Lifetime Training come out to see us every other month with phone calls to check in with us in between sessions and to help us with any tasks we may have been set. When we start, we are assigned a ‘Buddy’ who has worked with the company for at least two years, so we always have someone to ask for help from on-site too.

“Greene King always ensures apprentices are comfortable and happy in whatever their job roll is as every person is important to them.

“The actual apprenticeship helps us to improve and adapt to the job and is suitable for anyone to do as they will always work with you, listen to you and help you in any way they can.” 

Anyone who would like more information about apprenticeships can telephone 0800 015 0400 between 8am and 10pm seven days a week or email nationalhelpdesk@apprenticeships.gov.uk.