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Apprenticeships at the Home of Cricket

Wednesday 29 April 2015

Apprenticeships at the Home of Cricket with Westminster Kingsway College

For any young person, the chance to work at a world renowned sports venue when they leave school is an opportunity that seems too good to be true but for 16 year old Charlie Bird, his dream has become a reality. Charlie is undertaking an Apprenticeship at Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), based at the iconic Lord’s Ground in central London, while completing his Apprenticeship training with Westminster Kingsway College.

Laura Brown, Community Development Manager at MCC, explains why the famous venue decided to recruit its first Apprentice in this area:  “At Lord’s, we have about 200 permanent staff – which rises to 1,500 staff on match days – and as well as being a first class sports venue, we are an all year round venue offering hospitality, functions and weddings, restaurants and afternoon tea. We were looking at the long term recruitment strategy for Lord’s and wanted to offer greater opportunities for young people to be employed as part of our workforce.”


“The Apprenticeship programme forms part of the wider MCC Community Development Strategy, which has been in place since 2013 and has so far engaged with over 2,000 people local to Lord’s. The programme has given us the opportunity to develop a young person, offer a unique work experience placement and to support the events team here. We wanted to develop a full-time member of staff for the future and help an Apprentice progress within the organisation.”

The Apprenticeship in Live Events and Promotion involves everything to do with putting on a show or event from promoting to staging it. As an Apprentice, Charlie has been getting involved in all aspects of the role of Events Assistant while also attending Westminster Kingsway College to continue his training. Charlie said: “I had done my GCSEs at school and decided that I wanted to pursue a different route than going to university and started looking for Apprenticeships online. I found this opportunity to work at Lord’s and study with Westminster Kingsway College and applied. I have learnt lots of new skills especially in IT, customer service and planning an event. I have increased in confidence during the programme and am keen to progress to the next level.”

Laura Brown continued: “As an Apprentice, Charlie is exposed to lots of different areas of the business – from marketing to HR, sales and events. It is a very diverse venue and he gets to experience this. We have been very pleased with Charlie’s development and he will be progressing to his Level 3 Apprenticeship with us next year. We first heard of Westminster Kingsway College as a leading provider of Apprenticeships through the Westminster Education Business Partnership. We came to visit the College and were impressed with their vocational training and their unique reputation in the Hospitality and Catering industry. Westminster Kingsway College were able to give us the support we needed to recruit an Apprentice, to design a suitable training programme and give us the benefit of their expertise in this sector. The College were the experts in recruiting for this type of Apprenticeship and helped us to source over 60 applications for this one role and then guided us through the selection process. We have been very pleased with the benefits that an Apprentice can bring to the organisation and are actively looking at new vacancies across the organisation with Chef and Caretaker Apprentices due to be appointed very soon.”

Udish Dissanayake, Business Operations Manager at Westminster Kingsway College said: “Westminster Kingsway College carefully meets the employers’ needs and supports the employer throughout the Apprenticeship programme so that they can benefit from the opportunities that it brings. We have worked closely with the community and events teams at Marylebone Cricket Club to ensure that their staff and the Apprentice are supported throughout the programme. We are delighted with Charlie’s success and the great working relationship he has built with the events team at Lord’s.”

For Apprentice Charlie, he will be continuing his training at Lord’s and at the College and continuing onto his Advanced Apprenticeship next year. He said: “It is great to earn while you learn and to get vocational experience and a qualification at the same time. I would highly recommend an Apprenticeship to others as it gives you the opportunity to learn, to earn and gain a qualification. I have had a unique opportunity to undertake this Apprenticeship at an iconic venue in central London and it will definitely benefit my future career.”

For further information about Lord’s and Marylebone Cricket Club please click here

Westminster Kingsway College is recognised as one of the leading providers of Apprenticeships in London. The College offers custom designed, work-based training and professional development programmes that will suit a wide range of employers and individuals in all industries. 

Click here for more information about our Apprenticeships.


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