Wetherspoon’s apprentices proudly show off their apprenticeship certificates at The Merton Inn, Bootle.
Each of the apprentices has completed his or her level 2 apprenticeship in drinks service, with the company.
Wetherspoon, which employs more than 28,000 staff in its pubs, offers an apprenticeship programme to staff of all ages (there is no age limit).
The programme is completed on the job, in the pubs, and lasts between nine and 12 months. It is offered completely free.
The apprentices were joined at the ceremony by Ged Murphy, Wetherspoon’s general manager for the northwest of England, as well as other area managers and regional personnel managers.
The ceremony was staged in the northwest, as that was the first region to pilot apprenticeships; following its success, the scheme was launched across England and also in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Wetherspoon’s senior recruitment and training manager, Sarah Williamson, said: “We fully support apprenticeships and are keen to have apprentices in our pubs across the age range.
“The company is set to open hundreds of new pubs in the coming years, providing thousands of new jobs and wonderful opportunities for apprentices.
“A great example of our apprenticeships is 23-year-old Nathan McGovern, who is manager at The Childwall Fiveways Hotel, in Liverpool.
“He began his career with Wetherspoon in 2009 as an apprentice and made the jump from bar associate to pub manager in under three years.”
For more information on apprenticeships: www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk