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By Tristan Harris 15/06 Updated: 15/06 00:52
A DROITWICH landlord and landlady have teamed up with Enterprise Inns to re-open a Hanbury pub which will focus on giving young people the chance to make their mark in the hospitality industry.
Simon and Edith Berry, who have now been at the Gardeners Arms for eight months now, will also be running the Eagle and Sun which opened on Wednesday (June 13).
The pair will over-see a team of trainees and college graduates, giving them their first real chance of working in the industry - whether it be in the kitchen, on the bar, serving food, accounting, or cleaning.
As well as chef, bar and waiter or waitressing skills, those who take part in the scheme will also be able to learn about business, marketing and profit and loss accounting so they will be able to handle all aspects of running their own pub.
Simon told The Standard: “There’s so much great talent out there.
“When they come out of college, they go into kitchens where they cannot really use their skills to fulfil their potential.
“We will be tapping into the raw talent the area has to offer and, hopefully, in a couple of years, they will be able to acquire all the skills they need to successfully run their own pub.”
And Simon and Edith have a good track record already - taking themselves out of the equation, the average age of the staff at the Gardeners Arms is 21.
Edith said: “It’s about bringing through the talent Worcestershire has to offer.”
Simon added there was also funding in place so those moving on from the Eagle and Sun could be given their next opportunity.
And, with the proposals that Simon and Edith put forward, it did not take long - just 48 hours - for Enterprise to agree to the scheme, which will be the first one in the region.
Andy Turner, the company’s regional manager, said: “It’s all about investing in people and it’s beneficial to everyone.”
As well as helping young people get into the industry, Simon and Edith also want to put the pub at the centre of the community and, in return, will be asking residents for their input on what they want from their local.
There are comment forms available from the Eagle and Sun so people can have their say on what they would like to see in there.
For more on the Eagle and Sun and the opportunities, call Simon or Edith on 01905 772936 or e-mail Pubs@gardeners-arms.com
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