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Shepherd Neame Apprenticeships

Our Career Pathway for both our Pub Teams and our Kitchen Teams includes the opportunity to complete an apprenticeship to develop new skills, knowledge and behaviours. We are committed to our Apprenticeship Programmes to help our people to achieve more, we currently offer a variety of courses within our Pubs & Hotels according to job roles and experience. We offer a flexible approach with our training partner, so we can offer apprenticeship courses when it suits our people and businesses alike. As a product of the Apprenticeship system myself being an apprentice at the age of 16, I know you can achieve great things through apprenticeship qualifications

David Everett, Head of Apprenticeships at Shepherd Neame

All roles

We have more than 300 pubs, inns and hotels across the South East, and employ around 1,500 staff across our estate, along with more than 270 employees at our head office and brewery. 

We know that our committed and passionate team is vital to our success, and we are always looking for talented staff to join us.

Together with a great range of employee benefits, we also offer a range of in-house development programmes, to support and inspire you to achieve your goals. 


Shepherd Neame is committed to developing and investing in its people. 

We are proud to have teamed up with industry-leading training provider HIT Training to create a range of bespoke apprenticeships within our Managed Pubs, Hotels, Support Office and Brewery. 

Our apprenticeship programme is aimed at empowering our people to attain their career goals by supporting them to build skills and earn qualifications. 

Discover more about apprenticeships with Shepherd Neame in this video.

Apprenticeship courses available:

Shepherd Neame chef academy

Discover your culinary journey with Shepherd Neame. Our Chef Academy offers masterclasses and workshops that combine knowledge, skills and behaviors to give chefs an all-encompassing culinary experience.

We offer our training as both online interactive and onsite practical workshops to suit each chef’s individual learning style and to fit in with their busy schedules. Learners will also have access to a video library of exciting hands-on resources that provide additional support throughout their apprenticeship.

Shepherd Neame chef academy

Commis Chef Level 2 – Suitable for Chefs with little or no experience in the kitchen who want to develop new skills and knowledge in a fresh food environment. 

Production Chef Level 2 - Suitable for Chefs with little or no experience in the kitchen who need to develop new skills and knowledge in a branded food menu environment.

Chef de Partie Level 3 – For Chefs who may have completed a Commis Chef course who are progressing onto a more senior role. A great option for Chef de Partie’s and Sous Chefs looking for the next step to Head Chef, or for new Head Chefs looking to develop new skills and knowledge in a technical fresh food environment. 

Senior Production Chef Level 3 – This is for those who already completed a Commis Chef / Production Chef Level 2 course and wish to advance their knowledge, skills and responsibilities to a more senior role in the kitchen.

Senior Culinary Chef Level 4 – This is intended at a Head Chefs in a fresh food environment where they develop new recipes, products and different menus. They will research, responsibly source, develop and launch food products to meet specification briefs in line with the organisation’s vision, values and objectives.

Case studies

Lewis Weygang
Commis Chef Level 2 Apprenticeship

Calum Lopez
Commis Chef Level 2 Apprenticeship

Front of house courses

Shepherd Neame front of house

Hospitality Team Member Level 2 – For Team Members who are starting their career in the Hospitality industry and want to build their skills, knowledge and behaviours. 

Hospitality Supervisor Level 3 – Ideal for strong Front of House Team Members and Supervisors looking to progress their career to start becoming a part of the management team.

Hospitality Supervisor factsheet

Hospitality Manager Level 4 – This is suited to inspiring Team Leaders, Supervisors and Assistants to help build their skills and knowledge to help them in readiness for a General Manager role. Or for newly appointed General Managers to support their development in their role. 

Hospitality Manager factsheet

Can’t find the apprenticeship you are looking for? Contact [email protected] to find out if we can help you. 

Case studies

Sally Carter
​​​​​​Hospitality Manager Level 4 Apprenticeship

Talia Hearn
Hospitality Team Member Level 2 Apprenticeship


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