A conference centre chef has scooped a prestigious award for his work
The People 1st National Apprenticeship Awards 2015 have been
launched to coincide with National Apprentice Week (9-13 March).
Matthew Parsons, (pictured with 18-year-old apprentice, Ailish Griffin) executive chef at EEF
Venues’ Woodland Grange conference centre in Leamington Spa, has been named
Mentor of the Year.
He was short-listed with Rhiannon Ball from the Lancaster London Hotel and
was selected as winner because of his outstanding work in mentoring and
developing young people at the Warwickshire venue. He has mentored six
apprentices to date at Woodland Grange, two of whom are now full-time staff
members at the venue.
David Vaughton, director of venues for EEF Venues, said: “We feel
incredibly proud of Matthew for gaining such national recognition. For Matthew,
there are no short-cuts as consistent quality is everything. ‘Do it well, do it
right’ is his mantra so he instils high standards in his apprentices from the
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