Pub trainees toast honours

Pictured are Spirit Pub Company's apprentice Russell Chapman-Powell, head of learning Mark Peters and apprentice Samuel.

Pictured are Spirit Pub Company's apprentice Russell Chapman-Powell, head of learning Mark Peters and apprentice Samuel.

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Two Dronfield pub employees are celebrating after being awarded their apprenticeship qualifications by their employer Spirit Pub Company.

Russell Chapman-Powell and Samuel Thomas, from Fayre & Square pub The Chequers, on Eckington Road, joined over 90 apprentices at a special ceremony at Alton Towers, Staffordshire.

Russell was awarded a Food Production and Cooking Apprenticeship qualification while Samuel was given his Food & Beverage Service Apprenticeship qualification. The apprenticeships include on the job training which results in a qualification worth the equivalent of five GCSEs.

Russell said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the apprenticeship. Being able to learn while I work was definitely a key draw for me.”

Spirit’s Apprenticeship Programme is implemented by the Charnwood Training group.

Mark Peters, Head of Learning & Development for Spirit, said: “We are proud to recognise our team members that have undertaken apprenticeships. It takes commitment, dedication and determination to complete an apprenticeship and Russell and Samuel have shown they have what it takes.”

Charnwood Training Group managing partner Jeremy Scorer said: “These apprentices are the people who will be running our pubs, bars and restaurants and we believe they’ve had the best grounding possible to help them along the way.”

Spirit Pub Company owns and manages 791 pubs across the UK under brands such as Chef & Brewer, Fayre & Square, Flaming Grill, John Barras and Taylor Walker.