Italian catering equipment importer and supplier, Linda Lewis Kitchens, has appointed two apprentices as the first stage of a major investment in employee development and training, which it will roll out during 2016.
The Oldham-based company has appointed Tony Godding (27) as apprentice warehouseman and Chloe Lewis (16) as an apprentice sales administrator. Godding has previously worked as a chef, so understands the world of catering, whilst Lewis only left school in the summer.
Both employees will join a team headed by MD, Linda Lewis. Her business will celebrate 10 years in the catering sector in 2016, and the firm believes it has a strong base from which to develop and grow, with the right people in the right roles.
A belief in growing talent and enabling employees to flourish through training and self-development has led Linda Lewis to go down the apprenticeship route, working with training providers The Source and The Apprentice Academy.
Having invested heavily in 2015 in a pizza demonstration kitchen, in conjunction with Orchard Ovens by Valoriani, the kitchen equipment supplier is now ready to focus on growth in 2016.
Linda Lewis said: “We believe in helping people to learn on the job and gain a qualification whilst earning money. This encouraged us to look at apprenticeships, which formalise a policy we have always had of training up our employees and seeing them grow into exciting and fulfilling roles. We are delighted to have Tony and Chloe on board and know that they have already learned a lot in the short time they have been with us.”
Part of their induction has involved visiting the Preston-based pizza demonstration kitchen, which houses Cuppone electric pizza ovens, as well as wood-fired ovens from Valoriani, which are now available to Linda Lewis Kitchens’ dealer network. Other equipment supplied by LLK is also installed, including a Cuppone pizza press, Cuppone dough mixer and Friulco dough dividers and rounders.