When Tom Barton, Phil Eles and Dorian Waite set up their burger business in Brixton Village in 2011, they had a single goal: do fresh, high-quality British burgers and do them well.
On the outside, this is what they continue to do across their nine restaurants in prominent locations across London. But, look a little closer and you can see there’s more bun to this burger concept than meets the eye. The trio are committed to supporting our young people.
Since launching, the team has been passionate about equipping young people with training and career opportunities. So much so, they’ve worked with us over the last year to develop a mentoring scheme to give unemployed young people their big break into the catering and hospitality industry. It’s even offered two young people jobs within its restaurants and another is relishing the chance to learn the ropes in the main office through a work experience placement.
Dorian Waite, co-founder of Honest Burgers, says: “We’re passionate about supporting young people and developing our workforce to reach their full potential and, working with The Prince’s Trust through its Get Hired scheme, helps us to do both.
Get Hired is a scheme funded by Standard Life which allows us to match talented young people looking for work with employers through ‘match-maker’ events.
Once young people are invited to start working with Honest Burgers, they also benefit from on-the-job support, advice and mentoring to develop their future careers.
Dorian says: “Working with The Prince’s Trust makes working with young people really easy. We not only gain new insights and energy for our business, but it pushes us to look after our employees and help them to achieve.”
Sasha Reid-Macfarlane, 18, from London, who is now working at Honest Burgers after being matched with the employer through our Get Hired initiative, says:
When Honest Burgers aren’t mentoring our young people, they’re also helping fundraise for us so we can reach even more.
It regularly invites customers to celebrate the restaurant’s ‘Honest Day’ where customers pay what they like for their meal, with all proceeds donated to The Trust.
Dorian says: “As the business grows, our partnership will too and it’s something we’re both really excited about. We share many of the same values when it comes to training up the next generation, and we look forward to changing young lives for the better.”