Admiral Taverns has signalled its commitment to investing in industry-leading training initiatives with an inaugural training and development summit for all of its key training partners.

The best practice summit, which was led by head of licensee recruitment and training Suzanne Smith, saw 10 training suppliers from across the industry join the Admiral team at their head office in Chester to discuss, debate and shape the further development and delivery of licensee training within the tenanted company.

The pub group and its training suppliers shared upcoming plans, opinions on industry trends and discussed how to further develop training support and programmes for Admiral licensees in the future.

A wide variety of training suppliers from a range of backgrounds and expertise attended the summit, including ABV Training, the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), Cask Marque, Charnwood Training, and CPL Training among others.

Since the current training programme was launched in May 2011, Admiral has trained 1,320 delegates across 160 workshops, ranging from social media and marketing & merchandising to retail standards and finance, with this number expected to rise to almost 1,500 by the end of this year.

The company also expects 2014 to be a record year with a target of more than half of their licensees to be engaging with e-learning to support compliance training in pub – more than 500 licensees across the country.

Smith said: “We are very proud of the depth and diversity of training which we offer, but as the industry is constantly evolving it is important to continually review and improve our training programme to help support all of our licensees.

“It was very worthwhile to tap into our suppliers’ collective experiences and share best practices with the people who are at the front line of licensee training. It was also an important opportunity for each training partner to understand how they fit into the training landscape at Admiral.

“This is all part of the Admiral Taverns ethos. Training is central to our strategy as is its constant improvement to ensure no single course is taken in isolation – there is always scope to follow up and receive further support and we know it’s one of the most important factors in helping licensees run sustainable, profitable businesses.”