1500 apprentices get direction with Compass Group tie-up

PRESTON-based Jigsaw Training has joined forces with Compass Group UK & Ireland, the UK’s largest food and support services firm, to support and develop the 1500 apprenticeship roles being created by the company by the end of 2017.

Specialist provider Jigsaw Training will work with Compass Group to deliver training in areas including facilities management, security, hospitality, management, cleaning and other frontline roles.

The apprentices, on the 16 different programmes available, will work towards intermediate and advanced apprenticeship over a minimum 12-month period.

The partnership between the two organisations will involve a joint delivery where Compass Group will use its specialist culinary and leadership and management qualifications training team to deliver the teaching and learning elements of the apprenticeship.

Jigsaw will guide the apprentice through their qualification, provide the assessment of knowledge and competence gained against the national occupational and awarding body standards.

Melanie Hayes, resourcing and development director at Compass Group, UK & Ireland, said: “We are so pleased to be partnering with Jigsaw. We set ourselves an ambitious target to recruit 1500 apprentices by the end of 2017. Working with Jigsaw will enable us to provide critical training and support for our apprentices, in the workplace.  Offering these qualifications over the coming months and years will ensure our apprentices are trained to the highest standard and continue to develop and progress within the company.”

Nicola Parkinson, development director of Jigsaw Training, added: “It is great to see the commitment Compass Group UK & Ireland has made to apprenticeships and the investment to developing their workforce. We will continue to support Compass Group to achieve their ambitious target, developing the pipeline of talent for the future.”

Compass Group UK & Ireland employs more than 60,000 people and delivers various services to organisations including hospitality, security, building operations and cleaning.