Olive inspires young people in industry through Springboard

Olive Catering Services has secured INSPIRE accreditation with Springboard, having welcomed the first two young people to experience life in catering through the programme.

Through a partnership with a New College Nottingham, the students were offered the chance to spend one week working in Olive’s nearby flagship staff restaurant at Capital One. With each programme tailored to their needs and interests, Shamar Bacchus spent the period developing first-hand customer service skills in a front of house/barista role; meanwhile Louie Decaux was given the opportunity to experience life in the heart of a busy kitchen in the catering sector.

Thanks to impressive feedback from both the charity and students, Olive was awarded the accreditation, which means the business can now offer quality-assured work experience through its partnership with Springboard. Those undertaking placements will be able to benefit from the wealth of experience within the leading caterer’s ranks, and see for themselves the vast number of career opportunities available.

The programme adds to Olive’s existing resources dedicated to learning and development. The caterer has already seen a large number of team members enter into its internal apprenticeship scheme, with 14 currently working towards careers in all areas of the business.

Ruth Bankover, Head of Work Experience & INSPIRE at Springboard, commented: “I was very impressed by Olive Catering’s work experience programme. All paperwork and documentation is of a high standard and their commitment to work experience is clear. Springboard is delighted to award Olive with the INSPIRE Accreditation”.

Jo Walker-Morecroft, Olive’s Learning and Development Manager, added: “We are extremely proud to have secured INSPIRE accreditation with Springboard, as testament to the robust and beneficial programme we have developed for young people coming into the industry. As a business, we are wholly on-board with the principles of the group, and are delighted that our own efforts to entice young people into the catering industry align with the aims of such an important programme.”