Training, Learning and Development

“Fuller’s offer good courses and learning programmes for employees to develop in the company - and they’re for free. So, if you really want to go higher and progress, then Fuller’s is place to be.”

Fuller’s is extremely proud of the industry-leading training that is offered to employees all over the business. From wine and beer training for teams within pubs, world-class chef apprenticeship and scholarship schemes, and courses that cover marketing and finance topics for the development of General Managers, it’s this type of training that opens the doors to the vast career opportunities and progression at Fuller’s.

Training and development team Fuller's



The management training programme is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours of assistant and deputy managers in our estate to aid their career progression by enhancing leadership ability. It covers topics such as team development & recruitment skills, operational management, business acumen and commercial thinking as well as influencing and communication skills.


Learning to lead is a development programme designed to give delegates the skills they need to positively influence and motivate their team, whilst driving the business forward, setting them up for a supervisory role. It covers topics around problem solving and creative thinking as well as communication, training and coaching skills.

Fullers training and development team



This programme offers support managers within our business the skills, expertise and foundation to deputise for the General Manager position. It covers topics such as recruitment, finance, marketing, F&B management and ends with a project presentation.


The Chef Scholarship Programme has been designed to provide chefs with all the skills and qualifications needed to progress to head chef level. Throughout all levels of the scholarship chefs attend workshops, visit suppliers and work closely with our skilled Head Chefs in a variety of kitchens across the business.

“I have just graduated from the level 2 scholarship programme. The programme helped me build on my skills, progress and understand the company a lot better than I did before.”
Chef de Partie Michael Lane, Crystal Palace

Fullers chefs in the kitchen



The Chef Scholarship Level 1 programme has been developed to give delegates some of the kitchen skills needed to progress their career up to chef de partie. Throughout the chefs work closely with their head chef and attend workshops to build up their repertoire of Fuller’s kitchen skills.


The Chef Scholarship Level 2 programme has been developed to provide the kitchen skills needed to progress your chef career up to sous chef. Throughout the course chefs will work closely with their head chef to build a diary of evidence for the nationally recognised Level 2 Award in Cookery Theory and Practice.


The Chef Scholarship Level 3 development programme has been specifically designed to up skill our high performing sous chefs into our future head chefs. Scholars will be coached through a series of workshops, visits, and projects including topics such as management techniques, culinary skills and supplier experiences. Scholars will also undertake a self-study program using the BIIAB level 3 award in kitchen management. During the programme chefs will be working towards the nationally recognised Level 3 Award in kitchen management.


The Fuller's Chef Apprenticeship Programme is an all-paid-for incredible opportunity to learn, thrive and succeed; the chefs on this programme will become the Fuller’s Head Chefs of the future. We believe our Apprenticeship Programmes are the best in the industry.

Fuller’s have 2 Chef Apprenticeship Programmes:

  • Commis Chef (this used to be NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 2)
  • Chef de Partie (this used to be NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 3)

Chefs will receive training with some of the best catering lecturers in the country. One day a week will be spent at University or College (depending on location) and then delegates will spend 4 days at a Fuller’s pub honing the skills learnt in training. This time will be paid for. Fuller’s will also pick up the bill for your travel to and from training. You can find out more here.



Food training is offered to some front of house team members in the pubs to offer employees opportunities to upskill, learn more about the business and support the kitchen team. Team members who do this training receive a certificate of completion and are then able to work alongside chefs in the kitchen.

“Cross training not only helped me with my knife skills, but also my confidence and I now see the kitchen from a new point of view. The training and demonstrations helped me to not only see what went into each dish, but also understand the time scale of each step and the importance of communication not only between front and back of house, but also in the kitchen.”-

Bar Staff at a Fuller’s Pub