New starters served up as Apprenticeship scheme rolls out at Cafe Rouge!

September 23, 2016


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Team Members at Café Rouge Cribbs Causeway said bonjour to the next stage of their career as they enrolled on to the Café Rouge Apprenticeship programme.

The Café Rouge team members are the first to sign up to the new Apprenticeship programme that is part of the investment that the Casual Dining Group (CDG) is making in its staff across its signature brands. Employing 8,000 employees across its businesses, including the Bella Italia, Café Rouge, Las Iguanas and Belgo brands, plus airport concessions and its collection of restaurants in Center Parcs, CDG is introducing Apprenticeships for the first time as a way to recruit and retain high-calibre individuals to its business. Working alongside national training provider, Remit Training, CDG will offer a bespoke apprenticeship programme to support the career development for existing staff and new recruits in kitchen, front of house and management roles.

Shalane Poyner, General Manager for Cafe Rouge, Cribbs Causeway Bristol, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to offer our team members an opportunity to get further skills and training. For me an apprenticeship will help our team members to know that we as an employer care, so subsequently they feel more valued and happier in their job role.”

“From a business perspective there’s also a huge benefit to investing in our staff in this way as staff retention is so important in an industry like ours. For me, if I have a member of staff with experience, who has been with us for a while, they’re more confident in their role and can offer our customers a greater service.”

Cafe Rouge waitress, Sarah Botterton, began her apprenticeship in Beverage Services Level 2 this week and is looking forward to the opportunity. She said: “I have been working here for ten months now and being given the chance to improve my existing skills and learn new ones is fantastic for me.”

“If you haven’t been learning for a long time, it can feel like a really big step to go back, but it’s a good thing. It’s very different from classes at school when you’re learning on the job in a workplace, but it’s great to get back to learning. I hope gaining the qualifications will help me to improve my skills and progress in my career in this industry.”

Sue Pittock, Chief Executive at Remit Training said: “As hundreds of thousands of young people look ahead to their GCSE and A Level results, with many still not sure what to do next, it’s great to see this first cohort of apprentices, ready to start their new careers and maybe inspire others to consider this route into what is a very exciting industry.”


For further information regarding apprenticeship opportunities click here  

Notes to editors:

The Casual Dining Group, The Casual Dining Group is one of the largest independent mid-market restaurant operators in the UK, with close to 300 sites located across the country.  The Casual Dining Group operates primarily under the Bella Italia, Café Rouge, Las Iguanas and La Tasca formats in the UK, although also operates restaurants that trade under the brands of Belgo, La Salle, Huxley and Oriel.  It also has restaurants in the Asia and the Middle East, which operate under franchise.