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Focus on career training in pubs is key

By Lesley Foottit , 19-Nov-2012

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Foottit: "Presenting career opportunities within pubs will help change the view that hospitality work is a time-filler to earn a quick buck"

Barely a week goes by without someone lamenting the transient nature of the industry, the constant need for recruitment and the dearth of suitable staff. It makes sense then, to hold on to the ones you’ve got.

I remember Michael Ibbotson of Provenance Inns telling me that when he is recruiting for a position, it is as much about the prospective employee interviewing him as it is about him quizzing a potential new recruit.

It is just as important for employers to sell themselves at the interview stage.

Finding out what your employees want at the outset should help increase the longevity of their service.

Albert’s Academy makes Stonegate more attractive to prospective employees because it emphasises progression.

Sixteen general managers have been picked for a fast-track programme, which could mean they move on to area manager positions, roles in head office or take charge of special projects.

Presenting career opportunities within pubs will help change the view that hospitality work is a time-filler to earn a quick buck, and is a much better way to attract serious employees.