The Oyster Catcher Welcomes First ‘Rookie’ on Training Programme

The Oyster Catcher in Rhosneigr has welcomed the first ‘Rookie’ onto its hospitality training programme, ‘The Hub’.

Jacob Matts, 22, has joined the Front of House team and becomes the first to join the hospitality training programme, which runs at each of 16 Hospitality’s sites across Cheshire and North Wales.

Talking about his new role, Jacob said:

“I am really excited to join The Hub training programme. As well as getting the chance to learn whilst I work alongside an experienced team of hospitality professionals, the external trips that are included are very varied and show a whole different side to the industry that you probably wouldn’t get the opportunity to explore elsewhere.

“I am looking forward to progressing within the programme and seeing where it will lead me in my future career.”

16 Hospitality launched the new scheme in February after a successful open day for potential applicants at The Oyster Catcher. Offering some of the most varied and ‘hands on’ hospitality training in the UK, The Hub is designed to help combat the lack of skilled chefs and service staff in Anglesey and the hospitality industry as a whole. This comes after a recent report from the Recruitment and Employee Confederation (REC) and KPMG.

Alongside gaining formal qualifications, accredited by City & Guilds, the training programme will provide a variety of unique and exciting experiences for the ‘Rookies’, including sea fishing, wine tasting and brewery tours, thanks to links with a range of hospitality partners.

The training programme is open to all ages, with the only requirement being that applicants hold no previous hospitality experience and have an inherent passion to succeed within the industry.

Tommy Hughes, General Manager at The Oyster Catcher, said:

“Jacob really impressed us during his trial week, approaching each task that he was given with a friendly and positive attitude. It is evident that he is eager to learn new skills and I hope that he enjoys his new role working alongside our Front of House team.

“The Hub is a great opportunity for anyone interested in hospitality to learn from our talented and dedicated team of professionals at what is an iconic and popular Anglesey landmark.

“We are pleased to welcome Jacob to the team and think he will be a valuable addition to The Oyster Catcher.”

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Our hospitality training programme is open to all ages, whether 18 or 65, all year round. The only requirements are that applicants hold no previous experience and have a strong work ethic.

As well as gaining formal qualifications accredited by City & Guilds, ‘rookies’ will experience what it means to work in the day-to-day operation of hospitality venues, as well as have the unique opportunity to experience exciting and informative external trips with a range of established hospitality partners.

“What we want to offer at The Hub is not only a practical training programme but life-changing experiences, beginning with being handed an alarm clock to help with those early mornings and a ‘rookie’ badge. Those who succeed will not only receive graduation honours, they will receive a job guarantee at either one of our venues or one of our carefully selected partners.” 

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