The successful development of youngsters, on a career path, benefits company and employee.
Pub manager Jenny Farr employs three under-18s at her pub in Heathrow Airport Terminal 1.
Jenny, who runs The Skylark (before security), is full of praise and enthusiasm for her young staff members and is keen to highlight the advantages for both employer and employee.
Jenny said: “My three under-18s have a very varied job role and deal with a challenging work environment every day. This challenge helps to build their confidence, knowledge and life skills.
“All three are fully supervised and have a training buddy/mentor, to help them through their training programme. It is a great way of developing young workers and has positive results for them, as well as for Wetherspoon.”
Charlie Mclean, 16, left school and started college, studying maths, physics, computing and economics. After six months’ college work, he realised that it was not for him and decided to leave.
His worry about rising university fees gave him reason to rethink exactly what he wanted to do in life. Already a part-time employee with Wetherspoon, Charlie was aware of the training and career opportunities open to him across the company.
Dominika Prochniak, 17, is studying art and design at college and works in the pub at weekends.
Krishan Prasad is a 16-year-old work experience student, studying hospitality. He is with Jenny for one year, completing a work placement.