The Devonshire Group reports it has found great success with the recent launch of The Devonshire Hospitality Academy.
The Academy was launched in October 2021 and offers an 18-month, in-house training programme, supported by HIT Training.
The Academy attracted eight recruits, some of whom were new to the world of work and others who had switched careers, including a former prison officer.
Recent workshops the intake has enjoyed include social media training, a Cheshire Catering College skills course on vegetable proteins and a food photography session.
Planned sessions include foraging on the estates and a ‘MasterChef’-style competition.
The Devonshire Group is now preparing to recruit a further intake for the next Academy course, starting in March 2022.
This time the focus is upon attracting ‘Front of House’ personnel, including housekeeping, bar tenders, waiting staff and receptionists.
Once more, the educational journey will culminate in a recognised industry qualification at Level Two, and a permanent job offer, which is guaranteed upon the successful completion of their studies and on-the-job training.
Further training and career development is encouraged on an ongoing basis.
The educational modules will be varied, incorporating both general hospitality skills and techniques, along with an insight into areas more specific to The Devonshire Arms and its sister properties.
Examples of this include ‘A day with a Gamekeeper on the Estate’, ‘Understanding the Customer Spa Journey’ and ‘Dog Handling and Psychology’ – plus a familiarisation trip to the Champagne region, in association with Laurent Perrier.
Managing Director Richard Palmer, who himself began his career as a waiter, commented: “I have been really enjoying meeting our new starters and interacting with them. I find myself learning from them too, as they enter the business with fresh eyes and eager minds – everyone is benefitting from the ripple effect which is impacting everyone in the business.”