CDG launches Leadership Academy Plus programme 

The Casual Dining Group (CDG) has officially launched its Leadership Academy Plus programme, which aims to combine its internal talent and leadership programmes with apprenticeships.

The programme has been launched during National Apprenticeship Week 2020, which takes place between 3 -7 February. The scheme was developed in partnership with apprenticeship specialists Remit Group, which provided a series of internal targeted training programmes for CDG employees at every career stage.

The Leadership Academy Plus said its training programme was created “in line with national apprenticeship standards” and will focus on key areas such as the back of house hospitality, food production and management.

The Leadership Academy Plus course includes: Back of House (BOH) Hospitality Team Member Level 2; Front of House (FOH) Hospitality Team Member Level 2; Senior Production Chef Level 3; Hospitality Supervisor Level 3; Hospitality Manager (FOH) Level 4 and Hospitality Manager (BOH) Level 4.

Claire Clarke, group HR director of Casual Dining Group, said: “We are delighted to launch the new Leadership Academy Plus programme across the business. 

“Investing in our people and providing them with the opportunity to progress in their careers, whilst gaining recognised accreditations in the process, is something we’re incredibly passionate about.”

She added: “These structured courses will give clear guidelines and support for identifying and elevating hardworking, talented employees throughout our business, and further demonstrates the rich pool of opportunities that exist within a career in hospitality.”

Sue Pittock, CEO, Remit Group, said: “There is a misconception that apprenticeships are entry-level programmes, when actually there are a number of managerial apprenticeship levels available, clearly highlighted by the breadth and depth of this initiative.” 

“CDG’s focus on providing its team members with the opportunities to grow, develop and progress within the business and industry is a shining example for all businesses to follow.”

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