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Pret A Manger

About Pret A Manger

Company HQ location: London, Greater London

Industry: Catering & hospitality

No of employees: 12000

Our company in a nutshell

We're looking for passionate people to join Team Pret. We work hard and learn a lot, with plenty of opportunity to grow.

From Apprentice…

Instead of further education, lots of young people want to begin climbing the career ladder after leaving school, and The Pret Apprenticeship is a fantastic place to start. Based in a Pret shop, we’ll support and develop you with the skills you need to be a success in the world of work.

to Team Member…

As a Pret Team Member, you’ll not only work hard and make the best sandwiches (using amazing, natural ingredients); you’ll be part of an energetic team, engage with our customers, and have lots of fun too.

to Manager…

We’re always on the lookout for great Managers (80% of our Managers started as Team Members). It’s a demanding role, but if you’re passionate about food and people, and work well under pressure, it could be the job for you.

…and Beyond

We offer training and support to help you develop the skills you need to succeed, along with opportunities to progress into more challenging roles. We run lots of courses at the Pret Academy in Central London and across the UK, and whilst they won’t all teach you how to make sandwiches, they’ll help you make a great start in your career with Pret.

Life at Pret A Manger for graduates

The Pret Apprenticeship offers in-depth training, career progression and qualifications. It's about building confidence, gaining life skills and being part of a team.

Starting out as a Team Member, the apprenticeship can take you all the way to a fully-funded BA Business Management Undergraduate degree. You'll be paid throughout and can step on and off the programme (allowing you to progress at your own pace).

We care about your qualities, not your qualifications. So long as you're passionate about a career in hospitality, we'll support you with everything you need to grow with Pret.



In the first year of your apprenticeship, you'll join a Pret shop, complete a Level 2 Hospitality Apprenticeship Standard and choose an area to specialise in, whether that's food preparation in the kitchen or crafting coffees as a Barista. You'll also attend five Pret Experience Days to learn more about key areas of the business such as our customers, our coffee, and sustainability. This also includes a graduation ceremony to celebrate your achievements! Once you have completed your Level 2 you can choose to progress onto the Leader Programme and then on to the Manager Programme.

Company Values

Clear talking


Team working


Passion


Benefits

Apprentice Extra student discount card


Travel support


Free food


Mystery Shopper bonuses


Weekly pay


Testimonials

Harooon

plans to be a Manager by 25

I was 17 when I joined the Pret Apprenticeship, and almost a year later I can’t believe how much I’ve changed. I think that working at Pret has helped me to communicate with people more openly; it has also made me more confident in my decisions.

I decided I wanted to become a Barista. The training was a long and difficult journey and there were many times that I felt I could not handle the pressure, but I persevered and after seven months, I became the first apprentice that year to graduate as a Barista.

My advice to anyone thinking of joining the Pret Apprenticeship is, it isn’t as easy as it looks! It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance. I wish to continue working for Pret after the apprenticeship finishes, my main goal is to become a Manager by the time I’m 25!

Angel

decided college wasn't for her...

I have absolutely loved every single minute of the apprenticeship. The work is hard, but rewarding; I’m getting paid a real wage and I don’t mind the hours or getting up early.

My overall goal is to become a Manager and open shops abroad. I’d really like to do that because it’s new and different. For me, there’s nothing better I could be doing right now, I’ve found myself and what I want to do.

I can really see myself spending a long time at Pret because of the people. Everyone in my team is very supportive, they help me every step of the way.

Some of my friends are in college or Uni, drowning in debt. I’m closer to getting my own house and my own things. I don’t feel like I need to go to college to be successful, I don’t like how regimented it is. At Pret no one tells you what to do – you have to use your own initiative.

Initially my parents thought I was better than this job, but they’ve have now seen how I’ve developed since joining Pret. They can totally see the changes in me and they are happy!

Jamie

missed out on exams and college...

During my GCSE’s I had a medical issue which meant I had to cut a lot of courses, but I was still really proud to pass with 6 A*-Cs. I didn’t go to college because I was focused on getting the all clear from the Doctor (which I did!) but this meant I was behind the rest of my year group.

At 18 my parents said I had to get a job. I looked around and an apprenticeship felt like a good route. I found lots of office jobs but I realised I wanted something much more hands on – I like making people smile and making a positive mark on their day.

I wasn’t so great in the kitchen; I’m a bit too clumsy, there was avocado flying around everywhere! I prefer being front of house on the tills, in front of customers. The afternoons and evenings are much better for me too, I’m definitely a night owl! I work hours that are much better for me on the closing shift and my manager is really supportive of this.
I have a goal to be the Team Member Trainer of the shop, once I graduate from the apprenticeship; I’d love to teach people and give them a good experience of the shop.

Corporate social responsibility

The Rising Stars programme - If someone doesn't have a fixed address, it’s very difficult to get a bank account, and if you don’t have a bank account, it’s very difficult to get a job. If someone has been in prison and has a criminal record, it exaggerates the problem. It is a cruel catch-22 situation.

In an effort to help break this cycle, we set up the Rising Stars programme. We work with Rising Stars who have lived on the streets or have a criminal record – people who are finding it hard, for whatever reason, to catch a break. We let them start with a clean slate.

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