Pret A Manger launches new apprenticeship programme

Pret A Manger is today announcing the launch of a new apprenticeship programme, offering candidates the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree in Business Management at Manchester Metropolitan University for the first time, fully funded by Pret.

A real alternative to traditional education routes, the Pret Apprenticeship provides young people with fantastic education and training, and opportunities to develop personally and professionally, growing in confidence in the workplace and gaining skills which transfer to any business.

The Pret Apprenticeship
Pret loves progression. 80% of Managers started as Team Members. Within four years of starting the Pret Apprenticeship, apprentices could be running their own Pret shop and team.

Apprentices spend time in shops and at the Pret Academy, learning practical and business management skills. Although there are many levels, candidates can take breaks between stages after completing their first year.

• Stage 1 (Team Member): Apprentices graduate with a Hospitality Team Member Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard after one year, having worked in a shop, met suppliers, attended industry events and learnt about key strategic areas for the company, such as Pret’s Global Plastic Pledge

• Stage 2 (Leader): Apprentices will work as a leader in shops to gain a Hospitality Supervisor Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard, working towards becoming an Assistant Manager or General Manager, managing large teams in shops

• Stage 3 (Manager): The final phase is a flexible two to four-year programme to become a Manager of their own Pret shop and achieve Level 4 and 5 Apprenticeship Standard. At this stage, apprentices have the opportunity to complete a BA Business Management Undergraduate Degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, building the skills to become leaders of the future

Andrea Wareham, Director of People at Pret, commented, “We are delighted to launch a new apprenticeship programme which focuses on building management skills, helping those involved to grow their careers and take advantage of the many opportunities we offer to become business leaders of the future. As well as gaining a lot of knowledge, our apprentices will become part of a community, making new friends in a supportive and fun environment.”

A BA in Business Management at Manchester Metropolitan University will see apprentices accelerate their management skills by learning the principles of business, how to solve problems and develop commercial awareness through a degree that is accredited and recognised by the professional world.

Pret is more interested in qualities than qualifications (no exam results are needed in order to apply) and it’s open to those who are 16+. There are 120 places available; applications open today (2nd July) and close on 30th September 2018. For more information, please visit

The bespoke programme has been created for Pret in partnership with Lifetime Training, one of the UK’s top apprenticeship training providers.

Pret’s Big Experience Week
Today is the first day of Pret’s Big Experience Week for 500 16-18 year olds in shops up and down the country. The paid work experience placement offers students a chance to spend a week exploring a career in hospitality, building confidence, and meeting Team Members and Managers in Pret shop. Those in London will also spend some time in Pret’s Support Centre. Young people participating in Pret’s Big Experience Week will have the chance to be fast- tracked through the application process for the Pret Apprenticeship.