Ellie – was planning on University
I was going to go to university, but on results day my whole world crashed to my feet and I had no idea what I was going to do. I got an email about the Pret Apprenticeship and, if I’m honest, I didn’t know too much about Pret, except that my dad loved them! I decided to apply and it all happened so quickly!
I started the apprenticeship and within three months I had the opportunity to become a Team Member Trainer for my shop. After that, I was then asked to train as a Kitchen Leader. I recently returned from opening a new shop in Utrecht in the Netherlands – I was responsible for training Team Members. It’s been amazing!
My friends at Uni don’t know what they’re going to do when they finish, no clue! I want to travel, open new shops all over the world and work my way up.
I’ve learnt how to manage my money on one of the Pret Apprenticeship courses; I’m earning, I’m debt free and I’ve been able to buy myself a Mini! I’ve also made some really good friends through the apprenticeship that I can rely on, it’s like a family.
“I want to travel, open new shops all over the world and work my way up.”Ellie
Jamie - missed out on exams and college
During my GCSE’s I had a medical issue which meant I had to cut a lot of courses, but I was still really proud to pass with 6 A*-Cs. I didn’t go to college because I was focused on getting the all clear from the Doctor (which I did!) but this meant I was behind the rest of my year group.
At 18 my parents said I had to get a job. I looked around and an apprenticeship felt like a good route. I found lots of office jobs but I realised I wanted something much more hands on – I like making people smile and making a positive mark on their day.
I wasn’t so great in the kitchen; I’m a bit too clumsy, there was avocado flying around everywhere! I prefer being front of house on the tills, in front of customers. The afternoons and evenings are much better for me too, I’m definitely a night owl! I work hours that are much better for me on the closing shift and my manager is really supportive of this.
I have a goal to be the Team Member Trainer of the shop, once I graduate from the apprenticeship; I’d love to teach people and give them a good experience of the shop.
“I found lots of office jobs but I realised I wanted something much more hands-on.”Jamie
Angel - decided college wasn't for her
I have absolutely loved every single minute of the apprenticeship. The work is hard, but rewarding; I’m getting paid a real wage and I don’t mind the hours or getting up early.
My overall goal is to become a Manager and open shops abroad. I’d really like to do that because it’s new and different. For me, there’s nothing better I could be doing right now, I’ve found myself and what I want to do.
I can really see myself spending a long time at Pret because of the people. Everyone in my team is very supportive, they help me every step of the way.
Some of my friends are in college or Uni, drowning in debt. I’m closer to getting my own house and my own things. I don’t feel like I need to go to college to be successful, I don’t like how regimented it is. At Pret no one tells you what to do – you have to use your own initiative.
Initially my parents thought I was better than this job, but they’ve have now seen how I’ve developed since joining Pret. They can totally see the changes in me and they are happy!
“Everyone in my team is very supportive, they help me every step of the way.”Angel
Haroon – plans to be a Manager by 25
I was 17 when I joined the Pret Apprenticeship, and almost a year later I can’t believe how much I’ve changed. I think that working at Pret has helped me to communicate with people more openly; it has also made me more confident in my decisions.
I decided I wanted to become a Barista. The training was a long and difficult journey and there were many times that I felt I could not handle the pressure, but I persevered and after seven months, I became the first apprentice that year to graduate as a Barista.
My advice to anyone thinking of joining the Pret Apprenticeship is, it isn’t as easy as it looks! It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance. I wish to continue working for Pret after the apprenticeship finishes, my main goal is to become a Manager by the time I’m 25!
“Working at Pret has helped me to communicate with people more openly.”Haroon