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Great Oaks backs National Apprenticeship Week

Posted on 10 April, 2019


Great Oaks NAW Team

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week in March, Encore Care Homes teamed up with HIT Training and Connect2Care to host an event for local catering apprentices working in the health and social care sector. 

Held at Great Oaks in Bournemouth, which is managed by Encore, five apprentices (two in front-of-house and three in the kitchen) had the opportunity to showcase their culinary skills by preparing a diverse menu for all guests to enjoy. The five course taster menu demonstrated how the apprentices can work together to produce appetising dishes that meet specific dietary needs such as dysphagia.

Sam Davey, an assistant chef at Great Oaks, was one of the apprentices who took part in the demonstration and prepared dishes which included maple syrup glazed cauliflower steak and a pan-fried fillet of cod.

Great Oaks Event

All of the apprentices who participated in the event are working towards their Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship and their Level 2 Award in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care. The course is specifically designed to enable students to develop their awareness of diet and appetite issues, as well as the importance of nutrition and hydration in a health and social care setting. 

Jill Whittaker, managing director of HIT Training, said: “It is wonderful to see so many apprentices taking part in National Apprenticeship Week’s activities and celebrating the hugely positive impact that apprenticeships have on individuals themselves, the business that they learn and work with, and the wider economy.” 

Luke Wiltshire, learning manager at Encore, added: “At Encore we are proud of the strong, diverse teams which we have in each of our homes. Apprenticeships ensure we future-proof our workforce by allowing them to bring a whole new range of skills and experience to the role.

“We believe it is vital that we continue to invest in apprenticeships and this event demonstrates our ongoing commitment to our staff and their skills development.”  

Great Oaks is the latest addition of an established family of care homes managed by Encore Care Homes, with two other care homes in Dorset and Hampshire. The 80-bed care home is fitted with state-of-the-art facilities, designed to enable staff to provide the highest standard of 24 hour, personalised care and ensure residents are comfortable and happy in their surroundings.

Please visit www.greatoaksbournemouth.co.uk for more information or call 01202 087444.

Find out more about the Commis Chef Qualification here.

Find out more about the Level 2 Award in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care here.


It was great speaking to our account manager, Catherine, this afternoon and great to hear that HIT are being so supportive with our apprentices, I found the call very positive in a time of crisis, so thank you.

The Learner’s leaflet is great and being sent out to Apprentices and Line Managers following our communication last week providing a great follow up.

Jonathan Foot - Head of Apprenticeships, Compass Group

McMullen’s chose HIT as its sole external provider for Apprenticeships and vocational qualifications in early 2015 and since then we have found them a pleasure to work with.  Their expertise in this sector is superior and they have proven to be a professional and supportive partner who have a passion for learning and development, which matches our own organisation.

Amanda Walden – Training & Recruitment Manager, McMullen's

Encouraging our staff to improve their skills set and supporting them through apprenticeships and training programmes underlines our commitment to help them further develop their own careers. Offering the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship also gives the Brend Group a point of difference which I’m convinced will help attract new members of staff in the future.

Andrew Mosedale - Group HR Manager, Brend Hotels

Our partnership with HIT has certainly made recruitment much easier in a very difficult labour market and gives us a point of difference in an increasingly competitive environment.  Kew Green has also benefited enormously from well trained, skilled and competent staff who contribute significantly to the ever improving and high levels of customer experience that our guests expect and deserve.

Andrew Tregenza - HR Business Partner, Kew Green Hotels

Apprenticeships allow us to give people a great opportunity to develop a career with us and learn a skill or trade that will accompany them throughout their career and life. We see progression to the Level 4 qualification as key to our strategy of providing development at all stages of an employee’s career with Harrison.

Alex Taylor - Training Manager, Harrison Catering Services

HIT Training has provided such an incredible support to us during lockdown, with regular webinar invitations, videocalls and engagement solutions. Our business focus shifted to learning and development and we managed to enrol 3 times more apprentices on training programmes than before!

Anastasia Talatzidou -L&D Manager, Gaucho


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