Six, the new restaurant and bar at Trent Bridge, is aiming to offer life-changing employment opportunities to local young people in partnership with The Prince’s Trust and Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers.
The partnership marks a new role for Sellers – who grew up in East Leake – as an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, joining the ranks of other celebrity supporters including Tom Hardy and Idris Elba.
Young people who sign up for The Prince’s Trust’s ‘Get into Restaurant Services’ programme in Nottinghamshire will join a four-week course in which they receive tuition from experienced industry professionals, including Tom Sellers.
Those who take part in the programme will have the opportunity to apply for front of house, kitchen porter and bar staff vacancies at Six, as well as being encouraged to apply for positions with other supporting restaurants and bars.
Young people who take part will have support to secure further education, training or volunteering opportunities.
Several independent and respected restaurants across Nottingham have joined forces to support the programme, including World Service, Bar Iberico, Holy Calzone, Tilt Bar, The Pelican Club and The Herbert Kilpin.
Restaurant Six, which is set to open its doors in March, will offer panoramic views from the sixth floor of the Radcliffe Road stand with Sellers advising on menu development in partnership with Head Chef Paul Thacker.
The 31-year-old will also support a number of community initiatives and will cook at six events throughout the year.
Sellers honed his skills in renowned kitchens around the world and now enjoys critical acclaim with his own ventures; Michelin-starred Restaurant Story in London and the Lickfold Inn in West Sussex.
Making a meaningful contribution to the communities in which he was born and raised is his key motivation for the partnership.
“I was given a job in a kitchen at the age of 16 in Nottingham and everything that’s happened to me since has ultimately been as a result of that opportunity,” says Sellers.
“The first step into employment is often the most difficult. Usually with no previous experience to fall back on, it invariably relies on an employer taking a chance.
“There is an opportunity to inspire and nurture young talent from the Nottingham area, offering a chance to begin in an industry which has given me so much.
“Working together with The Prince’s Trust and Trent Bridge creates the ability to make a real difference to the local area.”
Sue Haslett, Head of Operations for The Prince’s Trust in the East Midlands, said: “This is a great opportunity for local young people to explore the hospitality industry.
“The programme will introduce them to a sector which offers career progression, while offering practical experience they can use to further their careers.
“We’re grateful for the support of our partners, including Tom Sellers and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, which I believe will help to inspire those in attendance.”
To sign up to attend the taster recruitment day on 11 March, contact The Prince’s Trust helpline on 0800 842 842 or email [email protected]