The housing association is sponsoring an Apprentice Chef for Brooks Café at Coniston Community Centre in Patchway. The apprentice will gain on-the-job experience, whilst working towards nationally recognised qualifications.
Merlin’s Community Investment Officer Louisa Massey said: “We’ve got close links with the community centre and the Patchway community, so being able to support this initiative is fantastic. This opportunity will make a real difference to someone who is looking to pursue a culinary career.
“As the largest social landlord in South Gloucestershire we have a responsibility to invest in the communities we serve. Offering apprenticeships directly, or in partnership like this, is just one way we can do this.”
Katie Donovan, Business Development Manager at Southern Brooks Community Partnership which runs the café said: “This apprenticeship is something new for us and is about giving a local person an opportunity to start their career. Merlin has been so supportive by agreeing to fund this apprenticeship with us.”
The apprentice chef is one of two recently funded apprenticeships Merlin is supporting. The other, which will shortly be advertised, will be for a business administration apprenticeship at the Armadillo Youth Centre in Yate; it’s the second apprenticeship Merlin has sponsored there.
Merlin also runs its own in-house apprenticeship programme and is committed to take on ten apprentices a year. The successful candidates from the latest in-take are due to start work with the housing provider in the next few weeks.
You can find a full job description and more information about the apprentice chef opportunity atwww.apprenticeshipvacancymatchingservice.lsc.gov.uk. Applications close on 27 April.