Apprenticeships

Today we launched the first ever nationally recognised qualification in the art of pizza-making. This means you can now work towards an apprenticeship whilst working in our kitchens.

We have created the one-year ‘Pizzaiolo Apprenticeship’ with expert vocational education specialists City & Guilds, and training providers Lifetime Training. They will help apprentices to learn-while-you-earn, giving formal training alongside the experts in our restaurants. They’ll also ensure apprentices cover off all the specific skills they need to meet the requirements of an Intermediate (Level 2) Apprenticeship in Kitchen Services.

So what does it involve? Pizzaiolo Apprentices will quickly find themselves at the heart of one of our busy, professional kitchens. As well as covering off the basics, including ingredient preparation, you will take on the vital kitchen services skills to enable you to cook safely and efficiently – all the essential skills needed to kick-start a career as a professional chef.

The equivalent of five GCSEs at grade A-C, the Pizzaiolo Apprenticeship will involve face-to-face tuition and guidance from onsite mentors, development workshops and master classes. Your training will be a truly personal experience, teaching you all the secrets behind making the perfect pizza.

The hands-on experience will prove invaluable for anyone wanting to go into hospitality. Over the next three years we’re aiming to train up 200 new apprentices across the nation – if you’d like to be a part of it get in touch at apprenticeships@pizzaexpress.com.

PizzaExpress apprentices with Matthew Hancock MP (left) and PizzaExpress CEO Richard Hodgson  (right)

PizzaExpress apprentices with Matthew Hancock MP (left) and PizzaExpress CEO Richard Hodgson (right)

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