Stonegate launches apprenticeship programme for kitchen staff

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Leading bar and pub operator Stonegate Pub Company has launched a new apprenticeship programme for kitchen staff.

The new 12-month apprenticeship meets the demands of those who aspire to lead and run demanding kitchens. It will provide 170 places each year, equipping learners with a Level 3 Senior Production Chef Apprenticeship.

It is a further enhancement of Stonegate’s staff development programme, Albert Theory of Progression (ATOP), which is designed to nurture and develop homegrown talent.

The new bespoke programme, developed by Stonegate’s apprenticeship manager Jemelle Bish and its back-of-house training manager Rhona Symon, touches on the areas of leadership, customer, business and people.

Candidates will develop their supervisory leadership skills to enable them to lead their own teams within the workplace as well as learning about the business marketplace and developing sales opportunities.

It aims to create a better understanding of customer needs through profiling alongside personal development around the company brand vision and values, up-skilling learners to take on the role of mentor as well as progressing their own careers.

Stonegate CEO Simon Longbottom said: “The continual development of our Albert’s Theory of Progression enables us to offer a variety of learning choice across the broad range of careers that we offer. Our new apprenticeship programme enables our kitchen teams to further their careers through bespoke programmes, tailored to the business needs, as eating out continues to grow.”

The places on the programme are expected to be hotly contested. Jemelle said: “Assessment centres will be held across the country to ensure we attract those candidates that have the ambition and drive to develop their career through this mix of practical and academic learning.

“We also aim to offer budding chefs and kitchen managers the opportunity to join our new Albert’s Evolution career development pathway enabling future opportunities to be identified and aimed for.”

Training will be delivered in conjunction with learning partner Remit, whose CEO Sue Pittock said: “The apprenticeship programme is an exciting step in our partnership with Stonegate. Their commitment to investing in their people is paying dividends with reduced turnover and clear career progression steps.”

Pictured: chefs John Reynolds, Bruno Byrne and Chris Dickson at Stonegate’s Hanover Tap in Edinburgh. Picture by Fraser Band.

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