Brewer aims to toast new apprentice
A LLANDEILO brewer is on the look out for new apprentices to hop on board.
Move over Alan Sugar — award-winning brewer Evans-Evans has launched a search for the company's next talented apprentice.
The Llandeilo-based company is looking for 10 new apprentices to join the businesses pub estate and one of them will be the first brewing apprentice in the Welsh brewing industry.
Evans-Evans has teamed up with Mid Wales company Cambrian Training to provide a comprehensive training scheme that will develop the new talent for the brewery group.
The scheme, which has been launched this week, will develop the opportunity for one new apprentice in each of the company's public houses to work through the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) level two and three certificates in licensed hospitality skills.
On top of training a team of front-of-house apprentices, the company has also committed to driving opportunities for apprentices in food production and cooking.
Evan-Evans chief executive Simon Buckley said: "The search is on for 10 really good people to join our apprenticeship training scheme.
"We are an international award- winning company with a pub estate that is recognised for its high quality and standards.
"We are now looking for the future innkeepers of Wales who will drive our business in the years to come and we hope to find the next generation of super chefs and to build their talents."
Mr Buckley said the company would start recruiting candidates in December to start the apprenticeship.
"Our brewing apprenticeship scheme will be the first such scheme in Wales and will give one lucky individual the opportunity to join our team of award- winning brewers.
"In these difficult times, we are determined to grow our future managers of the business in-house and to make them the industry leaders of the future.
"This is a proud moment for us as a company and something I have wanted to do for a long, long time. This is a challenge we cannot afford to miss."
AM for Mid and West Wales William Powell said: "I am delighted to be able to support the team at Evan-Evans with this exciting new initiative.
"It is good to see a Welsh company supporting the training of 10 new managers of the future. These apprenticeships will be much sought-after and will develop the next generation of Welsh innkeepers and brewers.
"I hope that other publicans will follow the lead of Evan-Evans and drive this opportunity to build the skills and fulfil the dreams of the youth of Wales with this innovative scheme."