North East celebrity chef, Kenny Atkinson is backing The Journal’s Proud to Back Apprenticeships campaign by putting five jobs on the menu for youngsters at his new restaurant.
The double Michelin starred chef is set to open House of Tides on Newcastle Quayside in the first two floors of a five-storey listed building dating back to the 16th Century.
Buttress House at The Close is a familiar sight on the Quayside and Atkinson intends to decorate the inside to complement its rustic look.
The five candidates will learn new practical and professional skills, complete on-the-job training and gain nationally recognised qualifications while they work.
Kenny Atkinson said: “I’m delighted to support the Journal’s apprenticeship campaign and hope other businesses like mine will follow suit.
“The restaurant will be a stripped back fine dining experience. I wanted to continue producing high-quality food using the very best of our local larder, but set out within a friendly, warm and fun environment. I want my guests to enjoy themselves which will see more chef to guest interaction,” he said.
“However, before I can do that, I need to add one further vital ingredient to the recipe and that’s a good team in both front of house and kitchen roles.”
To help him in his recruitment quest, Atkinson has turned to family member Nick Atkinson, who is national sales manager at Team Valley-based training providers Business Impact UK.
“This is a great opportunity for local talent to work alongside an award-winning chef right here in Newcastle. Opportunities like this don’t come along very often and we now have the pleasure of finding up to five young people to become Kenny’s apprentices,” said Nick Atkinson.
Business Impact UK Ltd was formed to work nationally with companies of all sizes to identify their training needs and help them to recruit and train young apprentices. The firm will provide a full recruitment screening programme as well as delivering the relevant apprenticeships and securing funding on Kenny Atkinson’s behalf to assist the programme as the venture gets off the ground.
“One of the advantages of taking on an apprentice aged between 16 to 18-years-old, is that there is no cost to the employer thanks to the funding that we can source for them,” Nick said.
“A Government grant of £1,500 is available to smaller companies with less than 1,000 employees to encourage them to take on apprentices.
“We’re expecting to be flooded with applications for the apprenticeships on offer at House of Tides and we at Business Impact UK will be handling every aspect of the recruitment process.”