Stonegate Group has launched a new Multi-Unit Leadership Diploma, in keeping with the company’s ‘bar to boardroom’ ethos.

Designed to train the next generation of leaders, the programme consists of a level five management and leadership syllabus, alongside an additional level seven award. It will be delivered by industry experts, with guest tutors from the Stonegate board and Dr Chris Edger, and industry educator.

The new course replaces the Post Grad Diploma Stonegate offered through Birmingham City University, which saw many internal promotions through to the leadership team. Three cohorts will be recruited on annual basis, totally 36 delegates from across the group’s three operating divisions.

Lee Woolley, director of learning & organisational development, said: “As a company we continue to build on our training programmes year on year, ensuring everyone within the business has access to training that will allow them to further their careers, as well as their personal and professional growth.

“This is not only part of our own ‘Bar to Boardroom’ philosophy, but a part of what we believe is our duty to the industry as a whole.”

Woolley said that for the industry’s continued growth and success, it needed to change its perception of being a sector of ‘stop-gap’ jobs. “And by showing people the side of hospitality that includes rewarding, exhilarating careers, in which whoever you are, or whatever your previous qualifications, you can succeed with the right attitude and drive, we can begin to make those changes,” he added.