Be At One appoints former bartender to new head of training role

Kimberley King

Expanding bar group Be At One has created the new role of head of training, appointing former bartender Kimberley King.

A key responsibility of Kimberley’s new role will be to ensure every employee, whether bartender or manager, in the finance team or in marketing, has a development plan to work towards. Be At One currently employs 410 staff across its 32 bars, with its 33rd due to open on May 26 in Boar Lane in Leeds.

Be At One’s industry-leading training and development programme sees over £6,000 invested in each trainee bartender to take them through an intensive nine-week programme designed to provide them with essential technical skills and, through this, improve customer experience.

Kimberley (pictured) first began her career at Be At One as a trainee at Be At One in Balham in south London in 2010 where she quickly certified as a bartender. A year on, she was offered the opportunity to take on a role as a classroom trainer for a programme that Be At One was launching which centralised all of its initial bartender training.

Since then, she has taken on a variety of different roles in the company from learning and development officer – responsible for all the bartender training within a specified area – to her most recent role of central learning and development manager, where she worked primarily on new site openings, classroom training, inductions and e-learning.

Kimberley said: “Developing and watching people grow has always been my passion and I am very excited to be the head of training for such a great company. Through my various roles at Be At One, I have been fortunate enough to meet everyone that has joined the business, taking them through the induction process. Watching them grow at the company has been a source of great pride and I cannot wait to continue to train and inspire people in my new role.”

Graham McDonnell, HR director at Be At One, added: “Kimberley has been a great asset to the Be At One team since she started with the business seven years ago and has been an integral part of our renowned training programme. I could not be more pleased for her and look forward to working together in her new role.”

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