Burger chain Five Guys helps Norfolk youngsters find work through apprenticeships

A new apprenticeship programme developed by skills specialist Ingeus and Five Guys Burgers and Fries

A new apprenticeship programme developed by skills specialist Ingeus and Five Guys Burgers and Fries has supported four budding crew members into work at the new Five Guys store in Norwich. Pictured are Five Guys apprentices Jake Ballard and April Witham with Clare Johnson, centre, from Ingeus’s specialist skills division. - Credit: Archant

Four people have been helped by Five Guys to find jobs through a new skills and apprenticeship programme being run by the burger bar.

A new apprenticeship programme developed by skills specialist Ingeus and Five Guys Burgers and Fries

A new apprenticeship programme developed by skills specialist Ingeus and Five Guys Burgers and Fries has supported four budding crew members into work at the new Five Guys store in Norwich. Pictured is apprentice April Witham. - Credit: Archant

The fast food restaurant has teamed up with skills specialist Ingeus and its Orford Place outlet to be one of the first to allow new recruits to train for hospitality, business and senior management qualifications.

For 23-year-old April Witham from Long Stratton, who has dyslexia, the new job ends a two-year search.

'I found applying for jobs very difficult and felt totally unemployable,' she said.

'Thankfully Ingeus disagreed and Five Guys saw the passion I had to work. The training and store opening have been amazing and I'm so excited to be starting my apprenticeship.'

A new apprenticeship programme developed by skills specialist Ingeus and Five Guys Burgers and Fries

A new apprenticeship programme developed by skills specialist Ingeus and Five Guys Burgers and Fries has supported four budding crew members into work at the new Five Guys store in Norwich. Pictured are apprentices Jake Ballard and April Witham. - Credit: Archant


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Rachel Crawford, 19, struggled to find work after college and Five Guys will be her first job.

She hopes to move out of the YMCA after having secured her position.

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'As a young worker, being able to earn a proper wage while also developing my skills is a real bonus,' she said.

'It's been very busy since we opened but it's great fun and I intend to work hard and move up within Five Guys in the future.'

Ingeus will support the apprentices through their 12-month, Level 2 Hospitality Services qualification.

Faye Hance, head of people at Five Guys, said: 'Five Guys has received a really warm welcome in Norwich, people have been looking forward to the opening for months and we are delighted to be here.

'On the people side, we have been really impressed with the team in Norwich; they are engaging, hardworking and a great team.

'The support we have received from Igneus has been incredible, they have found some great apprentices to work with us and we are delighted with the plan to support our new crew members.'

Is your business giving young people a chance? Email mark.shields@archant.co.uk or call 01603 772426.

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