Stonegate Pub Company has enhanced its Albert’s Theory of Progression (ATOP) training scheme, with the addition of a new management training programme for its back-of-house staff.

The new Level Four programme is the latest addition to its Albert’s Evolution scheme, launched in November last year.

The training, which lasts for 18 months, is aimed at experienced chefs and kitchen managers, and was create in partnership with Remit Training, in order to develop exceptional leaders.

Stonegate currently has 107 staff on its Level Two programme, 59 on Level Three and 38 who have been assessed and are on the waiting list to join the new Level Four this month.

Jemelle Bish, apprenticeship manager at Stonegate, said: “Turnover amongst kitchen staff is often fairly high, but we have seen a significant increase in staff retention and engagement since the launch of Albert’s Evolution. The addition of Level Four means that we can offer back-of-house staff a full career pathway which is the equivalent of a vocational degree.

“We’re determined to raise the profile of careers in the hospitality industry and committed to investing in our people and providing them with a clear career path. We’re really proud of all those who have completed the training so far and excited about the future for our Level Four graduates.”