Stonegate Pub Company has further enhanced its Albert Theory of Progression (ATOP) programme with the launch of an apprenticeship for back-of-house staff across the country.

The company said that its ATOP programme, designed to nurture and develop home-grown talent, has so far seen hundreds of employees progress their careers through structured training.

It said that the new 12-month apprenticeship would meet the demands of those who aspire to lead and run kitchens and 170 places will be made available each year equipping candidates with a Level 3 senior production chef apprenticeship.

The bespoke programme touches on the areas of leadership, customer, business and people.

Stonegate chief executive Simon Longbottom said: “The continual development of our Albert’s Theory of Progression enables us to offer a variety of learning choices across the broad range of careers we offer. Our new apprenticeship programme enables our kitchen teams to further their careers through bespoke programmes, tailored to the business needs, as eating out continues to grow.”

Training will be delivered in conjunction with Stonegate learning partner Remit.

Chief executive Sue Pittock said: “The apprenticeship programme is an exciting step in our partnership with Stonegate. The company’s commitment to investing in its people is paying dividends, with reduced turnover and clear career progression steps.”