Growing potential senior managers from within a company is a long-established strategy which can bring great benefits to a business in terms of cost savings and increased quality.
The UK supermarket ASDA has a robust training and development programme to identify potential middle and senior managers which ensures it keeps its management talent and skills.
In the Channel Island of Jersey, local chef Mark Jordan claims it is essential to train young Jersey chefs to keep the industry in the island. Mr Jordan was appointed vice chairman of the Craft Guild of Chefs when it was launched in March. This was established to promote the island's hospitality industry and local restaurants. (BBC, 7th March 2012)
Mr Jordan said: ‘I have been here 26 years as head chef; I am not going to do it for another 26 years. I want the guys here to do things like Glenn Noel. He is 19 years old and is tipped as Jersey's first home-grown Michelin star chef. The old ones become consultants and the young ones keep it rolling.’
The guild will be based at the culinary department at Highlands College in Jersey, which trains young chefs for the industry. Past students from Highlands have gone on to work with Jamie Oliver, as well as at Michelin-starred restaurants in Jersey.
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