The Spirit Group, the managed division of Punch Taverns, has launched a new learning and development centre, designed to boost the group's managerial training.
The centre in Northampton, which marks a £60,000 investment, forms part of the Spirit Academy, the pub company's employee training offer. It will welcome up to 180 pub managers during 2007, offering them a series of residential courses.
Spirit's head of learning and development Andrew George said the group has refreshed its whole approach to manager training and developed a range of new courses.
"It means our training offer is more structured, with candidates progressing from stage to stage in groups at the same time. After around six months they should have all the skills and experience they need to graduate and take the reins at their own pub," he said.
Managers undergo four levels of training in the centre and in between courses spend time gaining practical management experience in the Spirit estate.
They are required to prepare and implement a practical action plan after each level, which is later assessed by their business development manager.
By Kerstin Kühn
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