Ei Group launches new scheme to help pupils into ‘future proof’ pub jobs
Ei Group, the UK’s largest pub company, has launched an innovative new programme that could see pupils from six schools across England and Wales secure jobs in one of the few industries deemed future proof – the pub trade.
In collaboration with ‘education enrichment’ organisation Stride, Ei Group is running its Pub Pros campaign with the help of six publicans across its Ei Publican Partnerships estate.
Pub Pros is a work readiness programme for sixth formers, aiming to inform and inspire them about careers in pubs whilst building employability skills such as teamwork, leadership, assertiveness and critical thinking. The programme sees up to 12 pupils from each school take part in a series of half-day workshops; followed by a meet-the-publican session; and conclude with an in-pub taster day this summer.
It comes as the Department for Work and Pensions is promoting Hospitality Works, a month-long campaign promoting careers across the whole hospitality sector, and which has created more than 8,000 work placements since its launch in 2015.
Alongside raising the profile of pub industry careers, Pub Pros gives publicans the chance to connect with local schools, engage with prospective future employees, and give something back to the local community.