With 40 year’s experience, 61-year-old Dave Alebon isn’t a stranger to the hospitality industry.
Starting out at 14, washing pots at his Dad’s work after school, Dave had a very early insight into working in kitchens. He has always been someone committed to furthering his skills and developing his knowledge.
After 25 years with Stonegate Pubs, working at the Brass House on Broad Street in Birmingham, Dave isn’t complacent. Despite being a kitchen manager for many years, when he was approached by his managers with the opportunity to take on a Level 3 Hospitality Supervisor apprenticeship course, he jumped at the chance.
Taken to an away day in Leeds with people from Stonegate and Remit, he was talked through the apprenticeship training available to him.
“I thought it seemed like a good idea, so why not? There are some things I know really well in this industry, but there are some things I wasn’t so clear on, so this was a good chance for me to catch up.”
Dave trains alongside his Remit Development Coach, on-site at the Brass House. He also studies online, using a range of resources supplied by Remit on their internal Fuse platform.
Dave and his trainer meet every month to discuss his portfolio and next steps for progression. Then, he can go away and do his own research to put together his next piece of work.
“I’ve learned a lot more than I expected too really. Using the SWOT analysis method has been really helpful, to enable me to look at what we do as a business, what the other pubs just down the road do, and look at what our strengths and weaknesses are. I’ve really been able to use this in my day job.”
After his year’s course, Dave achieved a distinction.
“I’m really pleased with the result, it’s not just about that certificate though, I have been able to bring some fresh ideas to my role, which isn’t bad after such a long time in the hospitality industry.”