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Kate Marklew, Supervisor at The View, Stratford-upon-Avon

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When Kate Marklew started working as a waitress at The View, a Fish and Chip restaurant in Stratford-upon-Avon in June 2014, she had no idea that within two years she would be progressing to managerial level. 

Kate previously completed a Business Administration Apprenticeship and was aware that having a recognised qualification to match her experience would assist her career. She was very happy to be given the opportunity to complete the Food and Beverage Service Intermediate Apprenticeship with HIT Training while working at The View. “I wanted to gain a better understanding of the Food and Beverage role I was in and the legislation surrounding the industry,” commented Kate. “By doing this apprenticeship, I know what to consider when problem solving and how to guide newer members of staff.”  

Kate Marklew

In October 2014, Kate was promoted to Supervisor. She is now responsible for training new starters, running the day shifts and supporting the managers. Through her training, Kate feels she is more confident at suggesting solutions and following them through. Despite having many out of work commitments and challenges whilst completing her course and working full time, Kate’s determination and positive attitude has overcome these challenges and she is now considering training to be a team leader.

The owner, Carl Harrison has supported apprenticeships since The View opened and has always encouraged his staff to complete training. Carl said, “We are really happy with Kate’s progress during her time here at The View and we are looking to progress her further. As soon as she is more settled with her out of work commitments we would like to promote her to Manager and tie this in with the Team Leading Apprenticeship.

Kate said, “I’m looking forward to my future with The View. Carl is so supportive of my training and development. The apprenticeship programme with HIT really fits in with my working hours and my personal life, and I get on really well with my Assessor.  It has been a great experience all round.


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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.

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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.

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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

There is a shortage of skilled chefs within in our industry at present and any organisation that truly believes in the value of training and development of bright future stars will enable themselves to be in a strong position for the years ahead. Investing in smart training and development is at the heart of what we do within WSH, so it has been refreshing to work alongside HIT within our Baxterstorey Chef Academy. 

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