Greene King and Stonegate have announced UK-wide apprenticeship schemes to boost the skills profiles of their employees as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

Greene King will recruit 2,000 people to its scheme that offers training in advanced kitchen skills and management qualifications.

Stonegate is launching a team leader scheme and a Level 2 qualification in hospitality and service. The group already has more than 200 employees on its apprenticeship scheme launched in October 2013. The chain currently offers staff a kitchen skills course over 12 months to gain qualifications equivalent to five GCSEs.

Greene King has run an apprenticeship scheme since 2011, which more than 3500 employees from its pub, hotel, bar and restaurant outlets have enrolled on. The group reported the apprenticeships have led to increased productivity and a rise in employee engagement by 4%. The scheme will be extended to allow new employees to join the scheme from the beginning of their employment.

The news of the two schemes follows Mitchell & Butlers’ announcement of a plan to recruit 1,000 skills-based apprentices over the next two years.