Industry veterans launch scholarship scheme to 'develop the hospitality leaders of tomorrow’

By James McAllister

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New industry scholarship scheme Jupiter Restaurant Scholarship looks to develop ‘the hospitality leaders of tomorrow’

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A group of hospitality veterans have launched a pilot training scheme which aims to develop 'tomorrow's managers and leaders of the hospitality industry'.

The Jupiter Restaurant Scholarship defines itself as trying to ‘find, train and place ambitious individuals into London restaurants with a focus on developing a rewarding career in the industry, including people who had not previously considered this’.

Launched by Neville Abraham, the founder of of Groupe Chez Gerard, alongside fellow industry veterans Michael Gottlieb (My Kinda Town, Smollensky’s), Deborah Jelffs (Groupe Chez Gerard, MW Eat), John Lederer (City Centre, Brasserie Blanc) and David Gleave (Liberty Wines), the scheme's objective is to raise the profile of a career in the UK hospitality industry, amid the ongoing staff shortages plaguing the industry.

Initially concentrated in the capital, the plan is to roll out the scheme nationwide if the London trial proves successful.

“The effects of Covid and Brexit have reduced the number of competent people who are working in London’s restaurants”, says Abraham.

“As a result, we need to appeal to a new group of people who previously might not have thought of hospitality as a suitable career path.  To do this, we need to show them that training and hard work can lead to a management position within as short a period of time as possible.”

The scheme has been devised after consultation with prominent individuals within the industry, as well as the charities Springboard and 20/20 Levels.

Targeted at applicants aged between 22 and 35, it is envisaged that up to 12 selected candidates will undergo the nine-month programme, with two entry points in the year in October and April.

Positioned as an ‘alternative to paid for further education’, the apprenticeship-style scheme will see applicants receive ‘comprehensive paid training’ before being found a placement at a named restaurant company. 

Examples of companies that have expressed interest to host a Jupiter scholars include Caravan, Galvin, Cubitt House, and The River Café.

During their placement, the scholars will also be paired with a mentor from the industry and have access to additional training modules from the likes of Liberty Wines and London Cocktail Club.

The aim is for the scholars to be able to reach the level of restaurant supervisor by the end of the programme, earning upwards of £35,000 to £45,000 per annum, and be in a position to build and develop their careers going forward.

The deadline for applications is 15 September 2023. For more information, visit:​ 

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