Stonegate is to launch a training app for its employees which will allow them to brush up on key skills and advise them on how to complete a competitor visit.

Albert’s App, which has been developed by CPL Online goes live this month to the company’s 12,000 employees.

The app is based on the company’s ‘Albert’s Theory of Progression’ training platform, and builds on the design of the company’s intranet ‘Elsa’.

The tool gives employees access to hundreds of ‘How to’ videos, ranging from making the ‘Perfect Mojito’ or understanding craft ale, to making a burger and to how to use the back office systems. The app also encourages employees to upload their own ‘How to’ videos to share knowledge and best practice across the business, while allowing them to rate each other’s videos with a simple 5 star scoring system.

Albert’s App will also allow employees to search for key competitors within the local area and complete a simple competitor visit rating. Additional functions include access to a wealth of business tools, product information and contact details for the head office team and suppliers. Employees can access their own online development programme and completed and track training via it.

David Dasher, managing director of CPL Online, said: “This is another first for Stonegate who are quick to embrace new ideas and technical advances to support their employees with tools to encourage training. The app is not only a useful addition to the suite of training Stonegate provides, it has some fun elements too. This project, like the development of Elsa, which we created together three years ago now, is truly industry leading”,

Stonegate’s head of learning and development, Lee Woolley, said: “Albert’s App is game-changing and offers our employees an extra dimension to their programme of training. This app is designed to host the vast volume of important information our employees may need from the touch of a phone and at the same time give them the opportunity to create their own videos showing pride in their work. Customer service is at the forefront of what we do and so all the tools on the App have been designed to improve the service we give to our customers. CPL Online’s vision has enabled us to turn this idea into reality, bringing training to life and making it interactive for all. The potential to develop the App, by adding further training or communications tools is huge.”