UK: The Eden Hotel Collection has introduced a leadership academy, Thrive, to help combat the skills shortage in hospitality.
The programme has opened to its first cohort this month, where nine members of staff will undertake training and work experience over the next 12 months. It has been designed to help develop existing staff within the organisation and prepare them to take on managerial roles.
Over the course of the year, the programme will offer face-to-face workshops on leadership, personal development, effective management and communication, recruitment, employment law, marketing, and health and safety.
Rachel Healey, learning and development manager at The Eden Hotel Collection, said: “We are really excited to be launching Thrive and unearthing the next generation of leaders. This is a brilliant opportunity for our staff to strengthen their existing skills and develop qualities to further their hospitality careers. We have some exceptional talent within Eden and truly believe in giving people pathways for growth and career development.”
Group managing director Mark Chambers added: “It gives me great pride to see us launch Thrive. My own journey in hospitality has seen me work my way through the ranks so I know more than anyone how important it is to see pathways to progression within your company. At a time of national recruitment challenges in hospitality, it is important to show our existing team that we want to invest in them to help them to become the best they can be.”
The first academy cohort includes staff from across the entire Eden Hotel Collection. Properties within the group comprise The Arden Hotel (Stratford-upon-Avon), The Greenway Hotel and Spa (Cheltenham), Brockencote Hall Hotel (Kidderminster), Mallory Court Hotel and Spa (Leamington), and Bovey Castle (Devon).