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National Apprenticeship Week - Solomon Jarrett, Chef Academy Apprentice

Solomon is one of Compass’ Apprentice Chefs, currently completing his NVQ Level 2 Qualification as part of the Chef Academy, which he will then be able to use to move up the culinary ladder. However, Solomon’s career path hasn’t always looked so clear…

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Compass Group news team
Thursday 09 March 2017

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Compass Group its apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week 2017

Finding himself moving between a series of warehouse jobs, Solomon was introduced to the charity 2nd Chance, a specialist ‘education to employment’ training course created to support unemployed 18-24 years olds on their journey to a career. 

Compass Group UK & Ireland partners with the charity to deliver a series of ‘Secret Kitchen’ pop-up restaurants for young individuals to gain valuable culinary experience, and it was at one of these events that Solomon was introduced to Compass. He enjoyed the experience and decided to throw himself into cooking. Through the opportunity offered by 2nd Chance and Compass, Solomon was able to start following his passion for cooking. 

After the ‘Secret Kitchen’ event in 2015 Solomon enrolled in Compass’ Chef Academy, being placed at one of Chartwells’, provider of contract catering and support services to the education sector, largest retail kitchens. Starting in a busy kitchen took Solomon by surprise, especially as he had very little culinary experience, meaning the first couple of months were a steep learning curve. 

After six months on the job Solomon felt comfortable enough to enter into a Compass skills competition –The Apprentice Chef Challenge 2016. The experience gave him a boost of confidence, providing validation that he could create good quality food.

Solomon is already thinking about his next move and looking for the next step within the business. He aspires to move into one of Compass’ public facing restaurants, as he thrives in a fast paced environment and dealing with people. Further down the line he would like to keep progressing his skills to be able to move into fine dining. 

Solomon said: “The Chef Academy has given me great opportunities to progress my career and my skills. Before finding Compass the jobs I did had no potential for learning or progression, whereas doing my apprenticeship at Compass has allowed me to earn while also gaining a qualification. My apprenticeship has been a great opportunity and I now have a clear career path at Compass.”

For more information about joining the Apprenticeship Scheme please visit: www.jobsatcompass.co.uk