Annual report 2016


Focus area Best for Teams

I really enjoy working in such a fast-paced team and developing not only my education, but also myself. I can see myself growing as a person and would recommend to anybody wanting to learn on the job to look into becoming an

Gabrielle Green, 18,
an apprentice chef at the Ship in Bedford

apprentices started last year, exceeding our pledge of 2,000

further apprentices by March 2019

Our people make us who we are and they are our greatest asset. We employ more than 44,000 team members across the country, so attracting and retaining the best people, and developing and investing in them, is key to our continued success.

We want to offer the best for our teams and one of the ways in which we support their career aspirations is through our award-winning apprenticeship programme.

Apprenticeships provide learners with valuable skills which will help them to build their career with us. Our programme offers bespoke qualifications that cover a range of jobs, including front of house, kitchen and management, which are tailored to each of our brands.

Last year, we exceeded our pledge of recruiting 2,000 apprentices, with more than 3,100 starting their apprenticeship and working towards a nationally recognised qualification.

This year, we announced our pledge to recruit a further 10,000 apprentices over the next three years. This is our commitment to our people and also to young people looking for that all important first step on the career ladder.

The acquisition of Spirit Pub Company provided us with the opportunity to review both apprenticeship programmes and make improvements which will benefit the business in the years to come. The main development is that more of our team members are now able to access apprenticeship qualifications across the country.

Our apprenticeship programme continues to grow. We have seen a 175% increase in applications to join Greene King as an apprentice compared to the previous year. We are seeing a particular increase in 16–24 year olds interested in enrolling on our apprenticeship scheme and, as our business grows, we are committed to supporting this age group further by providing more opportunities to join.

Our apprenticeship programme has been recognised during the last 12 months by winning a number of awards, including:

  • one of the Daily Telegraph and Top Apprenticeship Careers List’s Top 50 Apprenticeship Employers in the UK;
  • named as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer by the National Apprenticeship Service;
  • Apprenticeships 4 England’s Macro Employer of the Year;
  • VQ Employer of the Year; and
  • National Apprenticeship Service Regional Winner (East of England).
we believe we have a responsibility to support young people by creating these opportunities to earn and learn.