Chef & Brewer, Spirit Pub Company’s country pub restaurant brand, has launched a training academy to develop skills within its kitchen teams.

The Chef Academy, which is open to all its kitchen team leaders looking to progress, will provide candidates with foundation kitchen skills needed to become a head chef, such as effective and advanced cooking techniques, team management, and volume and capacity management.

Following the first stage of training, candidates proceed to a Level 2 Team Leader apprenticeship, followed by a Level 3 Certificate in Training to help candidates develop the skillsets of their kitchen team.

Lynne Kennedy, senior food quality manager, said: “We’re proud to launch this innovative new training scheme that specialises in developing our kitchen teams. We see the Chef Academy as a stepping stone between team player and head chef; it provides candidates with a comprehensive learning programme that enables them to reach their professional career goals.

“For the company, investing in our team is one of our key values, and this academy supports retention and progression and creates a strong pipeline of future head chefs.”