Chef signs up for city hotel

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A budding chef has joined the team at a Sheffield hotel which was the first in the region to offer a nationally-recognised apprenticeship scheme.

Brendan Hoare, from Shiregreen, will now train in the kitchens of Halifax Hall in Endcliffe.

The 23-year-old, who will study for an NVQ in hospitality and cookery as part of his role, said: “I’m really enjoying the experience and learning a lot.

“It’s a great team at Halifax Hall and I’m very excited about my future career.”

When the hotel opened earlier this year it took on four apprentices as part of a partnership with Sheffield City College.

The former University of Sheffield halls of residence now have five apprentices working alongside the 500 staff employed by UNICUS, which is a subsidiary of the university.

“Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to learn new skills and gain the experience of being in a working environment,” said April Thompson, sales and events manager at the hotel.

“Brendan has fitted into the team really well.

“We are confident that, if he continues working as hard as he has, he will have a very promising career as a chef ahead of him in the future.”