Pizza Hut Restaurants has launched its first ever apprenticeship scheme, which will cover a range of skills from food production to financial analysis, with plans to create 1,500 apprenticeships over the next five years.

The degree level programme will be run with Manchester Metropolitan University, with a mix of academic and practical programmes.

Kathryn Austin, director of HR and marketing at Pizza Hut Restaurants said: “The launch of our apprenticeships comes at an exciting time for our business as we continue to make headway in our refurbishment programme.

“Over the next few years we will work hard to provide our apprentices and team members with the best training and development so that we can equip them with skills for life, not just for working in a restaurant.”

Skills minister Nick Boles said: “Apprenticeships add value to our businesses and workforce right across the economy. These apprenticeships at Pizza Hut Restaurants will offer even more people the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge while working.

“I would encourage more businesses to take the lead from companies like Pizza Hut Restaurants to start or expand their apprenticeship programmes.”