Owen Tuckwood

Hospitality Team Member Apprentice

Level 2 Hospitality Apprentice

Last year The Pigs, Ffolkes, Byfords and The Assembly House launched the apprenticeship scheme recruiting 6 fresh faces to the brands across multiple departments. With a full year under their belt, the team are settling in nicely. Here is Owen's Success Story!

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When the apprenticeship scheme first launched, the level 2 apprentice, Owen, started his journey at Ffolkes. Before joining, Owen studied graphic design at college and worked part-time as a lifeguard. After completing college, Owen was at a crossroads; head to university or venture into the world of work? The opportunity to earn a good wage and get a qualification simultaneously seemed like a "win-win" for Owen and the stars aligned!

Being part of the program, Owen finds it effortless to balance work and study, taking part in zoom calls roughly every fortnight. He has a fab tutor, Martin from HIT Training, who has been tremendous and visits Ffolkes regularly (he states it is one of the favourites to visit!). Owen also receives support internally from Ffolkes team.

"The support given to me by Tom (General Manager at Ffokes) and Lauren (Restaurant Manager) is second to none! I regularly get taught the tips and tricks of the trade, and there is always something new to get stuck into," says Owen. "The apprenticeship is an excellent opportunity to get a qualification under my belt and I feel like I fit in very well with the team."

Owen describes the working environment as homely and fun, especially on a Friday evening when 'Eat to the Beat' is on (Owen is known for a work boogie). His confidence has grown rapidly since starting at Ffolkes and he is exploring the option of doing his level 3 supervisor apprenticeship once he has completed level 2.

"The bonus of earning an excellent wage and a qualification is rare. I'd give the apprenticeship scheme a massive thumbs up to anyone looking for a career in hospitality or those who enjoy working in a lively and people-orientated environment. Ffolkes team are crazy, open-minded and fun", he says.

Owen is a kickass Ffolkes team member, and we wish him all the best on his journey through the business!