Bournemouth & Poole College partners with Hall & Woodhouse to launch chef apprenticeship

Bournemouth & Poole College has partnered with local brewery Hall & Woodhouse to launch a new chef apprenticeship programme in some of their pubs across the south.

The College is currently accepting applications for this apprenticeship which is due to start in September. The apprenticeship will provide those with an avid interest in hospitality to become chefs at some of Hall & Woodhouse’s flagship pubs such as The Ship Inn in Weymouth, The Black Rabbit in Arundel and Hall & Woodhouse Portishead in Bristol. The apprentices will undertake training in ‘block release’ at Bournemouth & Poole College to reach a commis chef apprenticeship standard.

Matt Butcher, head of The BASE at the College, said: “Hall & Woodhouse is an iconic Dorset brand which has hundreds of years of local heritage, and we are delighted to be working with the team to offer students this opportunity.

“Being able to offer chef apprenticeships is a real strength for the College, as the hospitality industry currently has a skills shortage, which means there is a real demand for more young people to be trained to a chef level. We are really excited to help meet this demand by training the next generation of Hall & Woodhouse chefs at our state-of-the-art facilities in Bournemouth and Poole.”

Dean Livesey, director of HR at Hall & Woodhouse, added: “We are entirely committed to creating genuine opportunities for people to unlock their potential and build rewarding careers in hospitality.  We believe it is essential that our apprentices get the very best training to enable them to learn and develop the skills that will be used throughout their future careers.

“It is therefore vital that we work in partnership with a training provider that shares our values and beliefs and so we are delighted to be partnering with Bournemouth & Poole College which has a fantastic reputation for the outstanding quality of learning that it provides. The College has the experience, expertise and the facilities that will enable us to work together to deliver an engaging and rewarding experience for our apprentices.”

If you are interested in applying for the Hall & Woodhouse apprenticeship programme please email the College on or call 01202 205500. Potential applicants are also asked to visit for further information on the course.