Ei Group has enhanced its internal Management Development Programme, which is designed to bolster the skillset of its senior managers.
The pub company has joined forces with HIT Training – apprenticeship provider in the hospitality industry – to offer the Level 5 Apprenticeship in Operational Management. The qualification is focused on self-managed personal development and covers a range of areas including assertiveness, project management, operational management and presentation skills.
Ei Group has utilised its Apprenticeship Levy fund to support its training offering. The two-year course has been designed to align with the group’s values, terminology and procedures, helping to enhance the skills of senior managers, from a variety of different roles and locations in a consistent way that is relevant to the specific needs of the business.
The apprentices will attend workshops together as one cohort, and then have access to one-on-one mentoring, undertake research projects and self-directed learning at their usual place of work. In between workshops, video conference sessions help connect participants from across the country and offers a chance for guest speakers from the Ei Group to provide advice and coaching.
Sarah Williams, learning and development manager at Ei Group, said: “Developing and enhancing the skills of our senior managers is hugely important to us, as it helps to retain talent and build our future leadership team. With the valuable support and advice from HIT Training, we have strengthened our Management Development Programme by offering high level training that is in line with our ways of working.
“Though completion of this programme, apprentices receive the Institute of Leadership and Management accreditation, and this external recognition adds a real draw for our apprentices. What’s more, apprentices on the course are assigned a project that feeds directly into the businesses, giving them opportunities to make a real difference, as well as great exposure internally. HIT Training has been there every step of the way, offering one-on-one support for our apprentices as well as strategic support when it comes to identifying the best use of our Apprenticeship Levy.”
Jill Whittaker, managing director of HIT Training, added: “We understand that senior managers have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders as businesses rely on them to run as effectively as possible. That’s why we’re pleased to be working in partnership with Ei Group to craft a training programme that focuses on key industry managerial skills as well as attributes that align with the company’s purpose and vision.
“All of which, builds confidence and refines vital knowledge that, in turn, will help individuals and teams to flourish in the workplace.”