28 August 2018



Stonegate Pub Company has further enhanced its award-winning Albert’s Theory of Progression (ATOP) training scheme with the addition of a new management training programme for back-of-house staff.

The new Level Four management training programme is the latest addition to ‘Albert’s Evolution’ for kitchen teams, launched in November 2017.

The bespoke scheme, created by Stonegate’s Apprenticeship Manager, Jemelle Bish and Back-of-House Training Manager, Rhona Symon, is currently comprised of three levels. It takes budding chefs and kitchen managers from a basic induction course through to Level Two, covering food operations and processes involved in running a kitchen, which takes six months to complete.

They can then progress to Level Three, run in partnership with Remit Training, which covers areas such as leadership skills, marketing and sales, financial operations, operating procedures and menu design, people management and customer service.

The new Level Four management training programme, which lasts for 18 months, is aimed at experienced chefs and kitchen managers. It was created in partnership with Remit Training to develop exceptional leaders who are able to inspire their teams to demonstrate and achieve the visions and objectives of the business.

Currently there are 107 members of staff on the Level 2 programme, 59 on Level 3 and 38 people who have been assessed and are on the waiting list ready to start Level 4 this month.

Jemelle said: “Turnover amongst kitchen staff is often fairly high, but we have seen a significant increase in staff retention and engagement since the launch of Albert’s Evolution. The addition of Level Four means that we can offer back-of-house staff a full career pathway which is the equivalent of a vocational degree.

“We’re determined to raise the profile of careers in the hospitality industry and committed to investing in our people and providing them with a clear career path. We’re really proud of all those who have completed the training so far and excited about the future for our Level Four graduates.”



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