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A Red Hot chance for restaurant apprentices.

WITH the eighth series of The Apprentice under way Cardiff's Red Hot World Buffet has announced it has taken on 11 apprentices, with plans to employ a further five apprentices over the next few months.

The restaurant has joined forces with ACT Training to recruit 16 young people in Wales who have missed out on employment, training or further education to learn alongside its experienced team. They will be fulfilling a number of positions including chef and front-of-house.

They will be joined by Red Hot's other 49 apprentices who have been recruited across the restaurant chain's six other restaurants .

It forms an integral part of the company's wider expansion strategy as it hopes to open a further 18 UK sites over the next three years, taking the total number of restaurants to 25.

Prashant Jaiswal, operations manager for training & development at Red Hot World Buffet said: "Apprentices are very much in the news this week as Lord Sugar's programme returns once again to our TV screens.

"At Red Hot, we have invested greatly in our apprenticeship programme as it's a fantastic opportunity for young people to break into a profession, especially when the job market is so tough for graduates, and when getting into university is becoming more difficult and more expensive each year.

"It also enables us to teach young people from the start so that they learn from us directly about our five-star standards of cooking and how we like to operate at Red Hot."

Red Hot World Buffet's apprenticeship scheme lasts nine months with the opportunity to progress to full-time employment on completion of the course. Contracted to a 32-hour working week, the apprentices will finish the course with a NVQ Level 2 in either hospitality or kitchen services as well as the invaluable experience of working in a busy restaurant kitchen.

Robert Smith, 23, an apprentice chef who was out of work for four months before starting the Red Hot apprentice scheme says, "I am really excited about working at Red Hot World Buffet!

"As the restaurant serves nine different cuisines, I will learn how to prepare and cook a vast range of exciting dishes. By the end of the nine-month apprenticeship scheme, I hope to have gained a broad range of experience and picked up many new skills."

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* Restaurant manager Atul Meshram with seven of the 11 Cardiff apprentices
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Apr 5, 2012
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