Welcome To Mitchells & Butlers APPRENTICESHIPS

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As one of the largest operators of pubs, restaurants and bars in the UK, Mitchells & Butlers has apprenticeship schemes as tempting as the food we serve! With apprenticeships offered nationwide in all our 1,700 pubs and restaurants, it’s as simple as finding what’s right for you. Whether it’s chatting with our guests through a Bar and Waiting Apprenticeship, or cooking up a storm with our Culinary Apprenticeship, our variety of brands and programmes have got you covered.

Bar and Waiting Apprenticeship

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Bar & Waiting Apprenticeships

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Chef Apprenticeship

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Chef Apprenticeships

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Culinary Apprenticeship

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Culinary Apprenticeships
(Sept 2017 intake)

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Hospitality and Management Apprenticeship

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Hospitality Management Development Apprenticeships

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Not sure what’s right for you? Don’t worry, we can help! Just take our quick quiz below and we can recommend which apprenticeship would suit you best!

* You are not required to apply for the result!

"I’ve always been passionate about cooking. After realising university wasn’t for me, I joined M&B as an apprentice. I loved the idea of earning while I learn, and the HMDA seemed like a great career move.

My ambition is to be a kitchen manager in a really busy restaurant, or maybe a kitchen-skills trainer – with M&B there are so many opportunities."


Million meals

We serve around 140 million meals each year.


Million drinks

We serve around 430 milion drinks a year.


Litres of custard

We make around 900,000 litres of custard, which is 12,000 full bath tubs a year!



Each week we buy 34,000 whole fresh British chickens for Harvester.

See our Apprentices in Action

Meet Mitchell and see a day in the life of a chef apprentice.


We know things are confusing when choosing an apprenticeship, that’s why we’ve pulled together this handy list of Frequently Asked Questions. You can even show it to your parents – they love questions after all!

Apprenticeships at Mitchells & Butlers

An apprenticeship is the chance to work within one of our 1700 business, whilst gaining nationally recognised qualifications at the same time. In hospitality, the best way to learn new skills is to gain practical experience. The apprenticeship means that when you learn a new skill at work, this contributes towards your qualification, and at the end of the course (as long as you pass!) you will have an NVQ, technical certificate and Functional Skill certificates, which together form your apprenticeship.

Hospitality is great fun. You might not believe that work can be fun, but are there many workplaces where you can make somebody’s day every day, there is a buzzing atmosphere as standard, and you aren’t chained to a desk from 9–5? Sure it can be hard work too, but we offer great rewards!

There are also many benefits to choosing a hospitality apprenticeship. You will gain real experience and new skills, and being around a structured support network means there are always plenty of people around to give you valuable advice. By doing an apprenticeship, you are embarking on a structured career journey, and when you finish your course you will have documentation to prove all your transferable skills!

There are hundreds of reasons you should choose Mitchells & Butlers, maybe even thousands. The people. Our culture. The 28 days’ paid holiday. But here are seventeen of them. Harvester. Toby Carvery. All Bar One. Sizzling Pubs, Vintage Inns, Ember Inns, Crown Carveries, Castle, Nicholson’s, Premium Country Pubs, O’Neill’s, Alex, Miller & Carter, Brown, Innkeeper’s Lodge, Oak Tree, Orchid Pubs. Phew.

That’s right, we operate 17 brands across 1700 locations in the UK, and some in Germany too. That means the opportunities for progression here really are endless. Whether you want to work in a family pub in Sunderland or an upmarket restaurant in central London, we have something for you.

The Details

There are some ‘must haves’ when applying for an apprenticeship at Mitchells & Butlers. You must be between school-leaving age and 24, with the right to work in the UK, no criminal convictions and not be in full time education or hold any qualification above a Level 3. For our Hospitality Management Development Apprenticeship, you must be 18-24 and have at least a D or above in GCSE Maths or English.

There’s also a lot that can help your application. We look for certain traits in all our employees – we want you to be hard working, with a good work ethic and the desire to learn. Our employees have to be self-motivated to work under pressure and time constraints, and of course a passion for food helps! But remember, we don’t expect you to have any relevant experience. We are looking for your personality and potential instead!

Our apprenticeships are available all year around, except the enhanced Level 2 in Professional Cookery Apprenticeship which has staggered application times throughout the year.

The main benefit of coming to work with us here at Mitchells & Butlers is the fun and social environment you will instantly become a part of.

But that’s not all, we can also guarantee you a minimum of 30 hours paid work in business each week, and all of this is paid at hourly rates above the national minimum apprentice wage. On top of that, there are flexible shift options, 28 days paid holiday, a pension and Sharesave scheme plus other perks such as 33% employee discount in any of our restaurants or bars for you and up to 5 others, so family meals need never be expensive again! There’s also a High Street shopping discount that gives you money off over 3000 retailers, making your wages go further.

Let’s not forget the support you will receive from your team and trainers, and the qualification you will receive at the end of your course!

All our apprenticeships are 12 months, except the Hospitality Management Development Apprenticeship which is 3 years long.

You are guaranteed at least 30 hours paid work in your business every week. Of course in hospitality this will include some weekends, bank holidays and shift work, but we do offer flexible shift options.

If you can’t see an apprenticeship in your region, please apply through our central applications under the four links below:

At the end of your apprenticeship, not only will you receive your NVQ but also a technical certificate and a knowledge of employment rights and responsibilities. You will also take away transferable skills that will help you progress your career such as team-work, responsibility and initiative. Whilst we can’t guarantee you a job, we will consider your performance during the apprenticeship when it comes to an end. So far though, 100% of apprentices who have completed training have secured employment with Mitchells & Butlers!

The Application Process

Information for Parents

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