JKS to pay apprentices £18K pa

11th August 2022

JKS Restaurants is launching a new Apprenticeship Academy, in September, with apprentices earning £18,000 a year. The company said The Academy will be a “unique chance for successful applicants to work the full breadth of the JKS portfolio from Michelin stars to more casual venues.” Designed to “develop, nurture and inspire”, the apprentices will spend their time working across 13 different brands at JKS, learning an array of skills, cuisines and dining styles.

The company said: “This unique offering of diversity and opportunity is at the core of the Apprenticeship Academy with JKS capitalising on its in-house talent and restaurants including Trishna, Gymkhana, Brigadiers, Hoppers, Sabor, Kitchen Table, Lyle’s, Berenjak, BiBi, Bao, The Cadogan Arms, The George and Arcade Food Hall.

The programme is made up of a mix of on and off the job training. The final two to three months are an end point assessment, where apprentices will have the opportunity to present their newly learnt skills. Once a month apprentices will meet with a training manager, who will mentor and guide them through the whole apprenticeship and end of year assessment. Successful apprentices will be offered full time roles in various restaurants at the end of the scheme.”

There are two programmes available: the front of house scheme will last 12 months, allowing apprentices to work two months at six venues across the business, and the back of house scheme will last 16 months, allowing apprentices to work to months at eight venues across the business. Along with the educational experience, JKS said it has developed an extensive benefits program for the apprentices, including but not limited to: apprentices will receive £18,000 per annum – an increase on the £6.83 per hour/£14,206 per annum minimum wage for 18 to 20-year-olds; career progression with a “fast-growing, critically acclaimed restaurant group”; quarterly dine outs for both front of house and back of house; an opportunity for all apprentices to dine, taste and experience a variety of brands across the group; talks, workshops and demonstrations with JKS suppliers; trips and tours with JKS suppliers to farms, vineyards, distilleries, and breweries; access to the Discovery Series, a set of exclusive events for JKS staff; access to the learning and development training calendar; up to 50% off dining across JKS Restaurants; retail and takeaway discounts; and discounted gym membership.

Spaces will be limited to 11 apprentices per each programme.