Fakenham apprentice joins showcase event at House of Commons

Harley Dawson who was invited to the House of Commons as part of National Apprentice Week.
Harley Dawson who was invited to the House of Commons as part of National Apprentice Week.

Apprentice at The Running Horse in Fakenham, Harley Dawson, was at the House of Commons last week to meet MPs and ministers at a dining showcase event, the first of its kind.

It focused on looking at careers in the pub, bar, brewing and casual dining industry and was held to coincide with national Apprenticeship Week last week.

Harley was one of 100 apprentices who joined government ministers, 64 MPs, parents, trade associations and company representatives to demonstrate skills and also challenge MPs to take part in pint-pulling, potato peeling, dough stretching, bottle opening and cocktail making.

Community and Pubs Minister Andrew Percy MP congratulated employers who were embracing the apprentice scheme and said it was an industry where people could take on almost any role, from an engineer in a brewery to mixologist in a bar.

Harley was supported at the event by his general manager Rob Goodwin. Harley Joined Marston’s straight from school and is now at second chef level, playing an integral part of the management team at the pub. Harley was recently crowned the team leader Apprentice of the Year at Marston’s awards ceremony.

He said: “I’ve now been at Marston’s for five years and I am undertaking the front-of-house management course. It’s a great career and my family are really proud of everything I’ve achieved.”

Peter Dalzell, managing director of Marston’s Inns and Taverns, who operate the Running Horse, said: “Harley is a fantastic example of the many apprentices we employ across the company.”

Details of the latest opportunities can be found at http://www.marstonscareers.co.uk