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Missenden Abbey Conference Centre is holding an information session from 10am-12pm on Monday 31 March about an Apprenticeship programme it runs with Aylesbury College and Buckinghamshire New University.

The information event at the Conference Centre will allow potential apprentices to meet Missenden Abbey staff and find out more about the apprenticeships available. Details about traineeships will also be available.

Aylesbury College set up the partnership with the Conference Centre and the University two years ago. So far, eight apprentices have taken part, with three now employed full-time at Missenden Abbey, another now studying towards a degree at Bucks New University, and four still completing their qualifications.

The qualifications are typically carried out over 18 months, with the apprentice working at Missenden Abbey and studying one day a week at Aylesbury College.

Emma Quarmby has an 18-month contract at Missenden Abbey Conference Centre as a trainee chef, and she is studying one day a week towards an Apprentice Catering qualification at Aylesbury College. She completes her qualifications in June.

She said: “So far my Apprenticeship has helped me gain experience working with qualified and experienced chefs in a fast environment and learn from them in a hands-on fashion. Not only have my cooking skills improved, but I have learned valuable skills that are vital for a chef to know, for example dietary requirements and hygiene. The Apprenticeship is setting me up for my future. I would advise young people considering doing an Apprenticeship with Aylesbury College, Missenden Abbey and Bucks New University to go for it! Everyone is really supportive and the tutors are helpful and help set you up for the real world, giving you the experience you need so that there are no surprises when it comes to full time employment.”

Tim Keighley, Executive Director Engagement and Business Development at Aylesbury College, said the Apprenticeship programme had been ‘hugely successful’. He said: “I am particularly proud of the work we have done with Bucks New University and the team at Missenden Abbey, where the young people have worked hard and deserve their success. We are now looking for more young people to take advantage of the apprenticeship programme.”

Eva Neupauer-Jones, General Manager of Missenden Abbey Conference Centre, said Apprentices gained excellent skills in decision-making and all areas of hospitality. She added: “We have benefited from an excellent calibre of apprentices who have greatly contributed to our business, bringing creativity, a fresh outlook, a willingness to work and have-a-go attitude. Now we are looking for the next apprentices so they can benefit from the same opportunities.”