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Spirit Group launches new pub academy

The Spirit Group has unveiled a new learning and development centre, designed to be a hub for all its managerial training.

The facility in Northampton forms part of the Spirit Academy, an umbrella name for the pub company's employee training offer.

Following an investment of £60,000, the centre is expected to welcome up to 180 'student' pub managers during 2007.

Spirit's head of learning and development Andrew George said: "We have refreshed our whole approach to manager training, developing completely new courses which can be delivered at the refurbished training centre in Northampton.

"It means our training offer is more structured, with candidates progressing from stage to stage in groups at the same time. After around six months they should have all the skills and experience they need to graduate and take the reins at their own pub."

Managers undergo four levels of training in the Academy and in between courses spend time gaining practical management experience in the Spirit estate.

They are required to prepare and implement a practical action plan after each level, which is later assessed by their business development manager.

Spirit says the Northampton centre has everything tutors and delegates need - teaching rooms with electronic whiteboards, a working cellar, drinks dispense equipment, an IT suite and training kitchen.

Spirit's HR director Jane Davies said: "The whole purpose of the Academy is to ensure our retail managers have the skills and knowledge they need to effectively deliver their job role and develop to their full potential.

"And for Spirit as a whole, getting our recruitment, induction and training right leads to us having great people consistently delivering great results."

The Spirit Group is the managed division of Punch Taverns plc.

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