National Apprenticeship Week, now in its seventh year, got off to a flying start in Lewes on Monday.
Local MP Norman Baker visited Famiglia, in Market Street, to see how the establishment’s apprentices were getting on.
He met the owners of the Italian restaurant, Charlotte and Mauro Lazzati, and the two teenagers who are learning the ropes in the busy kitchen. They are 17-year-old aspiring chefs Sam Green, from Lewes, and Joaquin Subagan, from Eastbourne.
Mr Baker said: “It is great to see Famiglia getting involved with National Apprenticeship Week. I am pleased to see them taking an active role in helping local young people, offering them a real chance to get their feet on the ladder.”
Melanie Hunt, Principal and Chief Executive of Sussex Downs College, said: “In National Apprenticeship Week let’s remind ourselves of two important facts; an apprenticeship is a way for young people and adults to earn while they learn – in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future.
“For businesses, hiring an apprentice helps them to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.”