Get Into Hospitality is designed to address the skills and experience gaps that prevent young people from getting in to work. The three-week programme helps young people gain relevant work experience, skills, and qualifications to move into employment.

In partnership we have also run a shorter ‘Ready to Work’ programme to support young people who are ready for employment to start their career.

Greene King have a strong commitment the social mobility and getting young people into employment, with over 73% of the more than 300 young people who have taken part in the programmes being offered a position at their local pub or restaurant. They then have the opportunity to develop their career with Greene King by enrolling onto their award winning apprenticeships scheme.

This has changed the lives of many young people across the UK, such as Shannon Price from Cardiff.

Shannon was struggling to find employment after a stretch of depression, often never receiving a response to her applications and finding the whole experience upsetting.

In November 2018, everything changed when her Job Centre work coach suggested the Get into Hospitality with Greene King programme. With the confidence boost of getting on to the programme, Shannon relaxed and soon found she was growing in confidence, her depression was lifting, and she experienced many lovely customers.

Shannon sums up her experience with the Trust and Greene King by saying

The Get into Hospitality programme has totally changed me; I’m not the same person anymore. I no longer feel that everything in my life is pointless and want to hide away. I’m so comfortable in my new full-time role with Greene King and have really grown in confidence in just a few months.

“Now I love being around people and my favourite place to be is in work with my Greene King team. I dance at the bar and I get other people dancing too. I love it!

“Looking forwards, I’m taking each day as it comes. I’ve already won two Greene King Awards so who knows what the future holds for me.”

Speaking about Greene King’s milestone, Nick Mackenzie, Greene King’s chief executive officer, said:

Stepping out into the world, to get your first taste of a career, can be very daunting especially for those who’ve not had the best start in their journeys.We’re very proud of each and every of the 300 young people who have made that courageous step to find their way into our industry and indeed, into our Greene King family.

“We greatly value the role our partnership with the Prince’s Trust plays within our business and that’s why we have extended our programme for a fourth year. We have hundreds of pubs up and down the country that have benefited from working with these young people and more importantly, we hope those 300 young people feel they have benefited from our support, too.”