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The Burnt Chef Project has announced a joint project with Performance Learning Group to create a brand-new level four apprenticeship in Hospitality and Workplace Mental Health Management. The apprenticeships, a Level 4 Management and Level 3 Mental Health programmes have also been approved and endorsed by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – demonstrating a high level of quality and credibility.

The apprenticeship, which is aimed at managers and senior leaders within the hospitality sector, has been specifically designed to offer support and guidance when it comes to taking care of the mental health of a team. Developed in conjunction with Performance Learning Group, a company that has been delivering quality work-based learning since 2015, the apprenticeship aims to create strong hospitality leaders who are trained in mental health.

From an overview of mental health awareness to more detailed business and change management, the course covers modules including Effective Appraisals, People Management, Coaching and Feedback and even gives advice on Driving Cultural Change. Each module is tailored specifically to the needs of those in the hospitality sector and provides access to mentors, who are also experienced in our industry.

As one of the UK’s leading providers of specialist hospitality training, Performance Learning Group has been working in conjunction with The Burnt Chef Project for several years. The two organisations have been aligning their efforts, with The Burnt Chef Project, a not-for-profit social enterprise tackling the stigma around mental health, offering support to all students affiliated with Performance Learning Group.

As a long-term supporter and a Burnt Chef Project ambassador, Andrea Dodd, Managing Director of Performance Learning Group comments:

“We are very proud to finally launch this new Level 4 Hospitality & Mental Health Workplace Management apprenticeship, which has been approved by the CMI. We have worked closely with Kris and The Burnt Chef Project Team to ensure that we cover all aspects of supporting managers and giving them the knowledge and tools to run an effective business whilst taking care of their staff’s mental health. The course has been designed to support a senior role in the workplace and give learners knowledge in understanding mental health, how mental health may affect employees and how managers can support employees”.

On the launch of the dedicated level four apprenticeship in conjunction with Performance Learning Group, Kris Hall, Founder of The Burnt Chef Project adds:

“We’re proud to be working with one of the country’s leading providers of speciality hospitality training. The new level four apprenticeship is designed for managers and senior leaders, giving them the understanding, knowledge and tools required to support the ongoing mental wellbeing of those in their team. The 18-24 month course, which can be funded by the Pay Apprenticeship Levy, focuses on creating strong leaders who can effectively manage mental health in the workplace.”

To find out more about the apprenticeship or Performance Learning Group, please visit To understand more about The Burnt Chef Project, or to access support, tools and advice around mental health, please visit