Spirit Pub Company has received a prestigious award for the quality of its work experience programme.

The operator has been presented with the Gold Standard award for its Teen Spirit scheme by Fair Train, which sets UK quality standards in work experience provision.

Teen Spirit is aimed at giving school students aged 14—16 the opportunity to be inspired into a career in hospitality. Their experience includes aspects of running a successful pub business, from creating a new menu dish and delivering first-class guest service, to thinking up their own team incentives and ways of generating new business.

Jo Bradford, national qualifications manager at Fair Train, said: “We’re thrilled to receive such significant recognition for our Teen Spirit programme; we’ve already had more than 50 candidates who have completed or are in progress on the scheme and the feedback has been extremely positive. We’re looking forward to hitting the 100 candidates milestone in the very near future.”