Punch Celebrates Its 100th Pub Apprentice

Punch has reached a major milestone with their 100th pub team member successfully completing their Apprenticeship qualification and now set to further their career in the hospitality industry.

As part of Punch’s commitment to offer the best training and support to its Publicans and their teams, they have, over a number of years, facilitated opportunities for Publicans to offer Apprenticeship qualifications to pub team members.

The aim has been to further develop Punch Publicans’ businesses whilst supporting the aspirations of those working within its pubs.  All 100 apprentices have had access to a wide range of training materials, workshops and E-learning modules, which are all part of the Punch Progress training and development offer.

The 100th apprentice, Mathias Sexton, worked at Punch’s Old Quay Inn, Truro as an apprentice where he respectively completed a L2 NVQ followed by L3 NVQ in hospitality supervision and leadership (HSL). Working together with training provider, Lifetime Training, Punch’s successful apprenticeship scheme enabled Mathias to receive the best training, support and development to achieve the skills needed in a fast-paced and ever-changing hospitality industry.

Consequently, to enhance and develop Mathias’ current job role as acting bar manager at The Old Quay Inn, he was given, support and guidance to proceed and complete the next level – NVQ L3 HSL. This involved a collective mix of developmental skills, such as staff personal development plans as well as training plans, ensuring he learnt the practical skills alongside his current job role.

Helen Willis, learning and development manager at Punch said: “Encouraging training and continuous learning within the workplace is so important to us. We are really pleased to have seen our 100th learner complete an apprenticeship qualification and reach such a momentous milestone.”

Helen added, “Apprenticeships offer a vital gateway for many young people like Mathias, enabling them to learn valuable workplace skills so they can excel across the workplace. And so, we’re delighted that our apprenticeships are thriving in what is a tough job market out there. We look forward to welcoming and supporting more apprentices.”