Award nominations flow in for Fuller’s training programmes


Our industry-leading training and development programmes have been shortlisted for four different awards in recent months, recognising the high standard of training and development available for employees looking to further their hospitality careers.

The nominations include two categories for the British Institute of Innkeeping National Innovation in Training Awards (BII NITA’s), for ‘Best Apprenticeship Programme’ and ‘Best Managed Training Programme: Over-50’. The award ceremony will take place on 29 November 2019.

Fuller’s Chefs’ Guild Apprenticeship Programme has also been shortlisted for ‘Best Apprenticeship Programme’ in the Training Journal Awards on 3 December. The programme was recently a finalist for the Caterer Awards’ ‘Hospitality Apprenticeship Employer of the Year’ award held in London on 20 September.

Fuller's Group Development Manager, Mark Peters, said: “We have got an amazing learning and development offer at Fuller’s, and it’s really exciting to see that we’re been shortlisted for several awards recognising the excellence in leaning and development we offer, and the investment in training that we offer our people.”

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Industry-leading Chef Apprenticeships

Fuller’s Chefs’ Guild Apprenticeship Programme started in 2015 and has gradually evolved to become the outstanding programme it is today. There are currently 161 apprentices at Fuller’s, and 54 have completed the programme.

There are two apprenticeships available – the Commis Chef Level 2 Apprenticeship Programme, which is equal to five GCSE’s and is for anyone wishing to pursue a chef career, and the Chef de Partie Level 3 Apprenticeship Programme, which is equal to an A-level qualification and is for chefs already at Commis Chef level who want to progress to the next level of skill and responsibility.

Chef apprentices spend one day per week learning at one of our partner colleges and universities, and four days per week working in the kitchen at one of our pubs where they are mentored by one of our head chefs.

Mark said: “On the study day they build their skills and capabilities, and they then put their learnings into practice when they are working in our pubs. They’re building up a network and gaining qualifications while they learn. Being shortlisted for these awards recognises the best in class programme that we believe we have at Fuller’s.”

What it's like doing a Chef Apprenticeship with Fuller'sThe Half Moon, Herne Hill, kitchen
Find out more about Fuller’s Chef Apprenticeships.

Best Managed Training Programme 

Fuller’s has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Managed Training Programme’ for a company with over 50 employees in the BII NITA’s. The programme, Begin, Become, Beyond, is a career pathway that shows employees the learning and development available at Fuller’s.

Mark explained further: “It starts with a great induction that covers all the learning that’s available for staff and consists of a number of different programmes within the training network. Become, refers to receiving the training and developing leadership skills. Beyond is about the transition from one role to the next.”

Looking to the future

Fuller’s has launched a new apprenticeship programme designed to give managers the skills and knowledge required to take their leadership to the next level – gaining an internationally recognised Level 5 management qualification. 

The new Leadership Exploration Apprenticeship Programme (LEAP) started in September takes 18 months to complete. Working with Lifetime and Leading Results, it’s a blended approach to learning with days at the technology centre, webinars, self-study and online learning.

Mark said Fuller’s will continue to improve upon the training and development opportunities available for employees.

“The pace of change has never been so fast as it is right now, and it will never be this slow again. In order to keep up and be successful the ability to learn, unlearn and relearn is critical. Investing in our people and building their skills and capabilities will always be a priority at Fuller’s. The family ethos that we have and our focus on our people is what truly makes a difference.

“We’re really starting to change the perception about working in hospitality. Some people see it more as a job than a career, but by showing that there’s development that builds through the various roles, people will see that they can build a career in hospitality.”

Fuller’s launches LEAP – Leadership Exploration Apprenticeship Programme
Fuller's managers
take the leap with the new Leadership Exploration Apprenticeship Programme (LEAP).

Develop with Fuller’s

Fuller’s provides industry-leading training that is offered to all employees. From wine and beer training for teams within pubs, world-class chef apprenticeship and scholarship schemes, courses that cover marketing and finance topics for the development of general managers, and, most recently, the Leadership Exploration Apprenticeship Programme.

Find out more about the training and development opportunities available at Fuller’s: Fuller’s Training & Development.

Become a qualified Chef with Fuller’s

The Fuller’s Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme is designed for anyone looking to have the best start to a chef career, by providing all the skills and knowledge required to become a qualified chef.

Fuller's Level 3 Chef de Partie Apprenticeship Programme is for those already at Commis Chef level who want to progress to the next level in their chef career.

Find out more about Fuller’s Chef Apprenticeship Programmes: Chef Apprenticeships.

Browse Fuller’s jobs

Do you want an exciting career in hospitality? Browse available jobs in Fuller’s pubs – from kitchen porter and chef roles to front of house positions.

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