Apprentice Stories


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.”


Charley - used to be a fishmonger... now she loves working with people (not fish)...

I wanted to work in the hospitality industry and I decided the Pret Apprenticeship was for me. I knew that it would be a fast-paced working environment where I could learn and grow.

I am really enjoying my experience so far, the  team made me feel welcome, they are all friendly and I was so proud to be promoted within my first 6 months too!

The biggest thing I have learnt since starting at Pret, even though it’s cliché, is that I know I can achieve anything that I want to if I put my mind to it and I have a lot more confidence in myself that I never knew that I had. 

My ambition is to carry on with my career at Pret and become a manager, being on the Apprenticeship programme gives me the opportunity to get a fully-funded degree on my journey to management.


“I wanted to work in hospitality & I knew that Pret was a fast-paced working environment and that excited me. I got promoted in my first 6 months & my ambition is to hopefully one day become manager.”


Dominic – wants to grow in Pret and become a manager

I finished school and joined Pret on work experience. I enjoyed my time so much, that I decided to stay. 

Right from the start I've been put on the right path to succeed in my apprenticeship. I was very shy before I joined, now my confidence has grown and through experiencing different situations I have overcome many challenges.

The people and the vibes in the shop have made me enjoy Pret, the team working is great. I can really see myself being a manager and Pret will support me with qualifications to get there!

“I came to Pret for Big Experience Week and enjoyed it so much I decided to stick around. I'm now on our Apprenticeship Programme and I've gained more confidence in myself each day.”