Q. What type of training and support do you provide?
A. At Somerset Larder we offer individualised personal development programmes so everyone is empowered to be the best they can be in their role. We have an induction programme that provides our new team members with all the information they need, along with a minimum of five career-building, nationally recognised certificates.
We take a blended learning approach to our training with in-house training courses – delivered on the job by trainers, mentors and specialists with classroom sessions for some subjects and bring in outside trainers for specific roles (e.g. first aid). We have our own dedicated eLearning system to support employees too.
We’re also very excited to be launching soon the Somerset Larder Apprenticeship Academy. This will be a specialist learning centre equipping talented individuals with learning and development skills to make a career in the hospitality and catering industry. It will offer a growing number of different apprenticeships through our partners at Bridgwater and Taunton College.
We hope to provide opportunities for learners to move around different areas of our business which will give them exposure to all the key areas of our operations and enable students the chance to network with other apprentices across the South West in other employers who provide apprenticeships
Q. What are the career prospects for young people at Somerset Larder?
A. Career prospects are wide and varied! There is a career pathway in place at Somerset Larder so we can identify talent and nurture individuals who want to progress their careers. Individuals who demonstrate the right attitude, skills and willingness to learn and grow will go far!
Working in the hospitality and catering industry, especially at Somerset Larder, provides skill sets that can only be learned in our business sector. Social skills, interpersonal skills, customer service skills, food and beverage knowledge, service techniques, financial acumen… the list goes on! Not only are these skills for life and support you in every level of career progression and promotion, but they are recognised around the world. If you have an aptitude for putting others first, food, drink, and first-class service – these skills will be in demand wherever in the world you may find yourself!