Pret A Manger has launched a new apprenticeship programme, which includes the offer to fund an undergraduate degree in Business Management at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The scheme launched yesterday and features 120 places for over-16s until 30 September.

Apprentices spend time in shops and at the Pret Academy, learning practical and business management skills. The degree option comes at stage three of the apprenticeship, as Pret seeks to develop the leaders of the future.

Andrea Wareham, director of people at Pret, said: “We are delighted to launch a new apprenticeship programme which focuses on building management skills, helping those involved to grow their careers and take advantage of the many opportunities we offer to become business leaders of the future. As well as gaining a lot of knowledge, our apprentices will become part of a community, making new friends in a supportive and fun environment.”

Yesterday was also the first day of Pret’s Big Experience Week for 500 16-18 year olds in shops up and down the country. The paid work experience placement offers students a chance to spend a week exploring a career in hospitality, building confidence, and meeting Team Members and Managers in Pret shop. Those in London will also spend some time in Pret’s Support Centre. Young people participating in Pret’s Big Experience Week will have the chance to be fasttracked through the application process for the Pret Apprenticeship.