Celebrating our graduates for 2018

Fuller’s annual graduation ceremony celebrated the achievements of 148 staff members who completed development courses in 2018.  

The graduation was held at the University of West London on 7 November, where graduates received their certificates for completing one of five development programmes offered by Fuller’s. 

The development programmes included the Five Star Impact Programme, Learning to Lead Programme, Management Training Programme, Chefs’ Guild Scholarship Level one, two and three and Fuller’s Chefs’ Guild Commis Chef Apprentices. 

Fuller’s Food Trainer Tim Barnes said the courses are owned and facilitated by Fuller’s and are offered to our staff members on a voluntary basis.

He said: “Fuller’s offers training and development unlike any other in the hospitality industry in the UK. It’s about giving our staff the tools to climb the career ladder and be great at what they do. It’s voluntary study that is designed to help staff members excel in their careers.

“There are a range of types of development courses, from practical food skills and front of house management skills. Each one typically takes between six and eight months to complete.”

Fuller's graduate receiving their certificate on stage

Fuller’s Graduation Ceremony 

The graduation ceremony included speeches from several influential speakers, including Simon Emeny – Fuller’s Chief Executive, Richard Fuller - Fuller’s Corporate Affairs Director, Jonathon Swaine - Managing Director of Fuller's Inns, Paul Dickinson - Director of Food, Jason Fox - former Royal Marine Commando and Special Forces Sergeant, and many others. 

Fuller’s Chief Executive Simon Emeny said in his speech: “We wouldn’t be where we are today as a company if it wasn’t for people from all over the world contributing to Fuller’s. It shows the importance of diversity and investing in our people - we rely on them especially with threat of Brexit.”

Fuller's Chief Executive Simon Emeny gives speech at Fuller's graduation ceremony 2018

The After Party 

The graduation ceremony was followed by a range of entertainment, including a live Jazz band from the University of West London, a photobooth, caricaturist, magicians, and, of course, a selection of Fuller’s beers.


The graduates, their guests and Fuller’s staff were also treated to dishes from the five street-food stalls at the venue. Each food stall had a dish invented and prepared by an Apprentice Chef from the Fuller’s Chefs’ Guild. 

fuller's graduation street food tacos prepared by Fuller's chefs

“We wouldn’t be where we are today as a company if it wasn’t for people from all over the world contributing to Fuller’s." - Simon Emeny, Fuller's Chief Executive.

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