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Life as a Lexy Grad

My name’s Jasmine and I’m a 2015/16 Lexy Grad!

The Lexington graduate scheme is a ten month intensive training programme that runs across the entire business and gives ambitious young people the tools, knowledge and experience to kick start their career!

I spent time at different sites across London developing knowledge in all areas of B&I contract catering and working with different types of clients. For me this included a leading law firm, bank, global advertising agency and a university. I also spent time working alongside the People Manager and the Sales and Marketing team at Lexington’s Head Office.

I was given responsibility right from the start, managing events for up to 100 people where I was creating budgets and function sheets; ordering food and drink through to the overall management of the event itself. This required me to be decisive, confident and knowledgeable.

I enjoyed contributing to and managing many of the annual Lexington client facing events such as LexChef, LexEngage, Conference and the BariStar competition.

As part of the programme I developed a business proposal for a new company initiative which I presented to the company directors on completion of the Graduate scheme. I really enjoyed this aspect to the course as it helped develop my creative and innovative side, whilst learning project management skills.

Being a people focused organisation, Lexington offer a huge variety of training to their employees and as a Grad I was enlisted onto pretty much every course! These included everything from coffee training with our suppliers illy and Union, through to HR bitesize courses on how to deal with issues such as wellbeing, performance and sickness. There were some great hands on sessions with Purple Cubed including how to be part of an effective team and developing communication and presentation skills. I have also gained certificates in Food Health and Safety, Food Hygiene and Wine Tasting – my favourite training course!

Lexington put a lot of emphasis on my professional and personal development and I gained from being mentored once a month by a previous Grad who understood my journey and was easy to relate to. I am now a company-sponsored member of the Institute of Hospitality and a Springboard Ambassador.

The highlight of the scheme for me was the development of working relationships with people from across the business and wider industry. What was particularly useful was working with a wide variety of managers, Which has enabled me to start discovering my own management style.

I love working in London and having the incredible choice of restaurants, bars and food markets on my doorstep. London, like Lexington, is fast-paced and electric, making it a very exciting place to work for those who love the food and wine industry.