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11th October 2022

Stonegate Group has celebrated Hospitality Apprenticeship Week after another successful year of learning

With over 300 apprentices learning whilst working across the business, Stonegate Group celebrated last week’s annual Hospitality Apprenticeship Week, as they marked the ninth year of their apprenticeship scheme.

Launched in October 2013, the pub company’s apprenticeship scheme has grown from two programmes to now offering 15 different courses. These programmes cover all operational and support areas of the business, including Front of House, Finance, Marketing, Leadership and Creative Design. Stonegate Group’s apprenticeship programme also plays a big role in supporting the chef population across the UK.

The Group’s Apprenticeship Team work with a range of Universities and Colleges across the country, including, Birmingham City University, Cambridge Marketing College and Newcastle College, as well as training companies such as Kaplan, Remit Training, Compass and Cambridge Spark. These partnerships focus on developing and delivering the best programmes enabling employees to move up the career ladder in their chosen field.

Tim Painter, HR Director at Stonegate Group said “We have a fantastic number of apprentices across Stonegate Group, who are benefiting from learning as they work. The apprenticeships offered fit within our bar to boardroom career development programme enabling each individual to reach their potential as they develop their career. With such a range of courses available to the team, there really is something for everyone, from our venues to our head offices.”

The company also offer a Leadership apprenticeship qualification, supported by Arden University and HIT Training, designed to further develop the future business leaders.

To further engage employees with the programme, the apprenticeship team has created a podcast, Kitchen Sync, to share apprenticeship stories from across the company highlighting the programmes, challenges and achievements of those taking part in the apprenticeship programme.

‘Kitchen Sync’ can be accessed here:

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About Stonegate Group

Stonegate Group is the largest pub company in the UK.  Its portfolio is comprised of over 4,500 sites, split across the managed division and leased and tenanted businesses.

The managed pubs division, which employs over 16,000 people, is split into Branded and Traditional pubs. Branded is comprised of: Slug & Lettuce, Popworld, Be At One and Venues. Traditional (unbranded) pubs are made up of: Proper Pubs, Town Pub & Kitchen, Classic Pub & Dining, Social Pub & Kitchen and Craft Union.


  • BII’s National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs): HR Manager of the Year (Jemelle Bish), Best Apprenticeship Training Programme (ATOP)
  • Publican Awards – Best Community Operator (Craft Union Pub Company)
  • Great British Pub Awards – Stonegate Group Pub Partners’ Pub of the Year, Best Pub to Watch Sport, Community Hero


  • Licensed Trade Charity Awards   raising awareness through fundraising
  • Great British Pub Awards – Stonegate Group Pub Partners’ Pub of the Year, Best Pub to Watch Sport
  • MCA Retailers’ Retailer Awards – The Hero Award (Suzanne Baker)


  • BII NITA Training Manager of the Year (Rhona Symon)
  • Great British Pub Awards – Feeding the Community, Community Mindfulness & Ei Publican Partnerships Pub of the Year
  • REBA Employee Wellbeing Awards – Best New Wellbeing Strategy (5000+ staff)
  • Publican Awards – Best Pub Employer (501+ employees)
  • Publican Awards – Best Community Operator (Craft Union Pub Company)


  • BII’s National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs): HR Manager of the Year, Lee Woolley (2019); Best Managed Company for Training; Lifetime Achievement Award for Chairman, Ian Payne (2016)
  • CGA Insight Hero and Icon Awards (two awards): Icon Award   Ian Payne MBE, Business Leader, Simon Longbottom (2019)
  • UK Hospitality’s Dusk ‘til Dawn Late Night Awards (two awards) – Icon Award (Ian Payne MBE), Best Marketing and Promotions Award (2019);  Best Service & Team (2018)
  • Great British Pub Awards – Best LGBTQ+ Pub (2019); Best LGBTQ+ and Best Sports Pub (2018); Best Pub Garden, Best Entertainment and Best Sports Pub (2017); Best Sports Pub (2016);
  • BII Scotland Awards   Best Operator for Training (2019)
  • Retailers’ Retailer of the Year (two awards): Lifetime Achievement Award, Ian Payne MBE;  Investor of the Year   TDR Capital (2019); Investor of the Year: TDR Capital (2017)
  • Menu Innovation & Development Awards (MIDAS) (two awards): Best Menu, Premium High Street Pub: Slug & Lettuce; Best Menu, Town & City Pub: Walkabout (2019);  Premium High Street Pub: Town Pub & Kitchen (2017); Best New Concept:  Missoula, Montana Bar & Grill (2014); City and Bar Dining: Slug and Lettuce (2013)
  • Publican Awards (five awards): Best Community Pub Operator, Best Pub Employer (501+ employees), Best Managed Pub Company (51+ sites), Best Drinks Offer, Business Leader of the Year   Chief Executive, Simon Longbottom (2019); Best Late Night Operator (2018); Best Managed Pub Company; Best Late Night Operator, plus highly commended   Best Employer 501+ employees (2017);  Business Leader of the Year, Chairman Ian Payne (2014); Best Pub Employer 51+ sites (2013)
  • British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA)   Chairman’s Award (2018)
  • Licensed Trade Charity: Outstanding Corporate Contribution Award (2018)
  • APPBG PUBAID Corporate Charity Fundraiser Award (2018)
  • Scottish Training Federation: Best Large Employer  (2016)
  • HR Excellence Awards: Best Learning and Development Strategy (2016)
  • HR Distinction Awards: Innovation for Digital & Social Media (2016); People Development (2015); Innovative Use of Technology (2014)

Press release from Leisure PR.

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