JEREMY Roberts, CEO of restaurants and bar group, Living Ventures, has announced details of a major new initiative in management training across the group.
Announcing the inaugural Living Ventures Management Advancement Programme, (MAP) he explained: “The Management Advancement Programme is designed to develop all levels of management but the first cohort will be concentrated on the key position of Assistant General Manager position to ensure that our people are ready for General Management when the time comes for them to step up. The first cohort of 15 managers identified across the business will each receive a development programme bespoke and tailored to their individual skill set. By mapping what our ideal manager looks like we will hone an individual’s skills to that ideal. We have put together what we think is the best combination of leadership and management training to give our manager’s of the future the best possible reason to succeed.”
The programme will over time be extended to all levels of management including the kitchen with sous chef development seen as a key target for the next cohort in the new year.
“Living Ventures has always been well known for our training and development and we are justifiably proud of the number of people that we have helped to fulfill their potential over the years. The LV Management Advancement Programme is the natural step in formalising that process.”
Katie Muncaster, HR Director for Living Ventures has led the design of the programme and will oversee its implementation, in her new role as People Director, across the group which includes individually owned restaurants such as Australasia, Blackhouse and Grand Pacific as well as private equity backed bar and restaurant brands The Alchemist and GUSTO.
Roberts explained that the programme is a culmination and a celebration of the “way we do things” and will assist all LV brands to improve the overall quality of their management.
“This is something we have been working on for a long time with HIT Training, a hospitality training provider and it is ultimately a good thing that the government’s Apprenticeship Levy will help fund elements of the programme.
Describing the levy as in danger of being effectively “just another tax” and “yet another assault on our bottom lines” Roberts explained that, “Embracing the levy alongside our renowned management training allows us to improve the impact on our people and ensures that we all benefit without incurring additional training costs. That has to be a good thing. The levy set out to help companies improve the quality of its people and that is exactly what we are doing with MAP.”