Peter Swallow, Chair of Destination Chesterfield, talks apprentices, Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards and the town's economy.
After months of hard work from both pupils and their teachers, thousands of young people in schools throughout Chesterfield are now facing their GCSE and A-Level exams.
The immediate future of many young people is often dependent on the outcome of their exams, whether that’s university, an apprenticeship or traineeship. Whatever route they take, young people need to know that they have a career here in their home town, and they have one immediately if they want to pursue an apprenticeship.
Apprentices are the backbone of Chesterfield’s economy, they are our workforce and business leaders of the future. Currently there are more than 4,000 people participating in apprenticeships in Chesterfield and this figure will grow further as more investors move in to the local market.
Just look at how the town’s food and drink sector has grown in recent years, creating opportunities for young people. It was only last year that a former apprentice James Greatorex, who won the Young Chef of the Year accolade at the 2015 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards, landed his dream job at the world-renowned restaurant, ‘The Fat Duck’ in Berkshire which is owned by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal.
More young talent like James’ will be recognised in the 2017 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards, which return for the fifth consecutive year. The Young Chef of the Year category is one of my favourites in these prestigious awards, alongside Best Newcomer, each year the awards remind me how much talent, drive and passion there is in the town. The success of these awards, however, is down to you.
This year, I would like you to help us recognise the many people and businesses that are contributing to the success of Chesterfield’s food and drink scene. If you like the food, drink, atmosphere, customer service or the family friendly facilities of the towns pubs, cafes and restaurants, then make sure you nominate the business in this year’s 2017 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards.
Nominate here www.chesterfield.co.uk/foodanddrinkawards
We all have a part to play in contributing to the success of individuals and businesses within the town.