Recruits taken on as part of venue’s apprentice drive

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Two recruits have been appointed at a Felton bar and restaurant, as part of the venue’s new apprenticeship scheme.

Kris Blackburn, of The Northumberland Arms, has taken on Ishy Khatun, 21, from the village, and Ryan Robson, 22, from Amble.

The pair have been employed on a full-time basis to learn the ropes from the bottom up and are working in the venue’s busy and demanding kitchen.

Kris said: “The business values young people and believes there is a benefit to the company to invest in trainees and their development; it’s a great incentive to learn while being paid and I hope employees trained on this basis will stay with the company long into the future.”

In association with Northumberland College, Ryan and Ishy get on-the-job expert training from executive head chef Steve Jobson and head chef Alan Baldwin, as well as paid day release to attend college.

Kris added: “Ryan and Ishy tell us that being an apprentice counts for more than a qualification or certificate; it gives them experience which is even more valuable in today’s tough job market.

“It is hoped that the two youngsters will rise up the ranks to maintain the exceptionally high standards at the Arms.”

Plans are also underway to introduce a similar apprentice scheme at The Percy Arms, in Chatton, which was taken on by Kris and Keith Pattinson and reopened recently.

Kris told the Gazette that she is always interested in hearing from enthusiastic workers, who are keen to be part of a fast-paced and growing team.

For more details, contact Kris on 01670 787090.