Apprenticeships ‘on the menu’ for Mitchells & Butlers at:


The Skills Show 2016

Mitchells & Butlers plc, the company behind leading pub and restaurant brands such as All Bar One, Harvester, Miller & Carter, Toby Carvery, Browns and Sizzling Pubs is mixing up its attendance at The Skills Show, to give future school leavers an interactive experience and showcase the possibilities a career in hospitality can offer.

As one of the largest operators of pubs and restaurants in the UK, the team from Mitchells & Butlers will be showcasing its breadth of career and learning opportunities available to anyone that wants to join the family. With a focus on inspiring the next generation, the team will be joined by leading Teenologist Sarah Newton, delighting those interested in the wonderful world of hospitality with fun food, creative mocktails and a prize giveaway selfie competition.

With a commitment to opening the doors to 1,700 apprenticeships within the next year, Mitchells & Butlers is using the leading event - taking place from 17th-19th November at Birmingham’s NEC Arena - to shine the spotlight on a career in hospitality.  The team will be showcasing how it can be an alternative stepping stone to gaining valuable practical experience alongside a qualification.

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Sarah Newton, one of the UK’s leading youth experts specialising in the emergence of Generation Z comments; “Teaming up with Mitchells & Butlers at The Skills Show is a fantastic opportunity to talk to our next generation of talent and their parents. We all want the best for our children and their futures, but we need to make sure we’re not leading them down a path that might not be right for them.

“As university costs continue to rise and the earning power for graduates drops, alternatives such as apprenticeships, mean young people can earn while they learn. What’s more, they will gain a qualification and can begin working towards a degree, making them a perfect avenue for school leavers to explore.”

Offering four different apprenticeships open to all school leavers, the company’s Bar & Waiting Apprenticeship and Chef/Culinary Apprenticeships see young people gain a Level Two qualification within their chosen field within the first 12 months. Mitchells & Butlers’ Hospitality Management Development Apprenticeship is a three-year programme designed to FastTrack apprentices into supervisory and management roles. It is also one of the first schemes in the industry to offer a combined programme that ensures apprentices gain experience working in customer facing roles alongside learning in the kitchen. Apprentices can then decide which roles best suit them, whilst being provided with the opportunity to take on new challenges.

Jan Smallbone, Director of Learning & Talent Development, Mitchells & Butlers comments: “Starting as an apprentice gives young people a genuine alternative to academic study, and a real path to a long term career in hospitality. We are dedicated to working with our teams to nurture this raw talent and develop them into the future managers across our businesses – and The Skills Show is a fantastic platform for us to talk to these possible leaders and showcase what we have to offer.

“Apprentices that join the Mitchells & Butlers team will work across our renowned portfolio of brands, learn from our experienced teams, gain a professional qualification and have a real opportunity to progress up the ladder. Your career really can start with us and help us harness a pipeline of future leaders.” 

Mitchells & Butlers will be a Feature Exhibitor in the Hospitality and Lifestyle sector Hall 9, Stand number H9–V-18, at the NEC Arena in Birmingham. For more information on the Mitchells & Butlers Apprentice Scheme, how to apply and variety of roles available visit For more information on the Skills Show visit