Apprentices – hang in there, you won’t regret it!

Christmas is a crazy time of the year in hospitality. Long hours, pressure cooker situations, dummy spits and people throwing in the towel are all normal practices this time of the year. They don’t call it the silly season for …

10 reasons why an apprenticeship is better than a degree

By Mark Field Schools, universities and society in general are all guilty of pushing the bright, talented and gifted students into Tertiary Education (TE). The thought of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) or apprenticeship pathway for these students is …

Managing Gen Y Apprentices in a Commercial Kitchen

By Mark Field I read an article recently in BRW by Genevieve George from OneShift ‘How to manage Gen Y employees’. There was nothing particularly new or ground breaking in the article and it was pretty broad in nature. But, …

Gen Y has made me a better manager and leader

By Mark Field When us ‘Gen Xers’ think back on our own experiences as apprentices or trainees, we will have some good and bad workplace memories. The mix of the good and the bad was generally dependent on our employer …

Apprentices – Ahead of the game!

In my last post 10 ways to lose an apprentice cook in 10 days I promised to explore some of the ways that may help in managing and hopefully retaining apprentices. This post will focus on Number 10 on the …