Stonegate has pledged to extend its apprenticeship programme by increasing its current number of apprentices by 50% and adding courses tailored to the job role of its employees.

The company is developing a nightclub specific programme for people looking to gain level 2 diplomas in that area.

There are currently 768 people involved in or who have recently completed apprentice schemes with Stonegate and this is set to rise following the campaign encouraging employees to refer a friend and the HR team will visit venues to tell staff about the schemes on offer.

The company introduced its apprenticeship scheme in 2013 to sit alongside the national apprenticeship framework.

It now offers six including Food Production and Cooking Level 2, Hospitality and Service Level 2 and the Team Leader scheme. The nightclub-related qualification will result in Level 2 Diploma in Beverage Service and Level 2 in Hospitality Services qualifications.

It is also developing a scheme tailored for operational support teams at head office and those who work in the field with course content tailored to the participant’s role.

Tim Painter, human resources director, said: “Throughout October the team is focussed on driving the message that learning through apprenticeship can be hugely rewarding. The apprentice schemes we are now offering are tailored to our business and provide nationally recognised qualifications.”