Popular pub-restaurant operator with venues across the county will receive training award from HRH The Princess Royal

Oakman Inns runs 28 pub-restaurants across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and beyond

The City and Guilds Group recently announced that pub group, Oakman Inns, will be presented with the annual Princess Royal Training Award in November.

This is the second time that the independent pub group, which employs over 1,000 people to run its 28 pubs, has been recognised for their training programme in the Award's five-year history.

The Princess Royal Training Awards recognise those UK companies that have created outstanding training and development programmes which have made a direct and provable impact on their employer’s business performance.

Dermot King, Oakman's CEO

The 2020 winners demonstrated exceptional commitment to training, despite facing unprecedented challenges of Covid-19.

Oakman's CEO, Dermot King said: “We are delighted to be recognised by the Princess Royal Training Awards for a second time for our company’s training and development programme. We have always had a straightforward philosophy.

"We are in the hospitality business, and our 28 town centre and country pubs rely on our teams to be enthusiastic in their work and enthused by the standards of service we are consistently striving to achieve for our guests.

"Since receiving the Award in 2017 for our pioneering online learning and career development platform, the growth of our business has resulted in our eomployee numbers doubling.

Chef putting final touches to dish in open kitchen

"This required us to scale up our programme to meet the changing needs of both our business objectives and those of our team members.

"As a result, employee turnover has fallen by 16% while internally promoted chef numbers have increased by 34%.”

Oakman Inns’ HR Director, Jill Scatchard, said: “Oakmanology 2020 provides the framework and tools to consistently deliver and measure the success of a wide variety of interactive learning courses in a safe and personalised environment.

"We have introduced mini modules such as the Pizzaiolo Mini Module to support our pizza offer and together with the choice of multiple languages and help for Dyslexic users, our increasingly diverse workforce can shape their careers at their own pace.

"In the workplace, their online training is reinforced with ‘on tap’ practical guidance by our team of ‘Training Ninjas’ who are graduates of our unique ‘Train the Trainer’ programme, delivering exceptional skills at site level.”

King added: “In the current pandemic crisis, our online programme has been critical to supporting our team members who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the additional challenges of Covid-19 training.”

Oakman Inns is one one of just 43 recipients from 39 organisations who will receive award, the other recipients come from a wide variety of other public and private sector organisations such as healthcare, finance and manufacturing including HMRC, The Co-Op and Royal Mail Group.

Commenting on this year's recipients Kirstie Donnelly MBE, chief executive of the City and Guilds Group, said: "Congratulations to all of the organisations who have achieved the Princess Royal Training Awards standard of excellence this year.

"We know that having a highly skilled workforce will be essential as we start to rebuild our economy post Covid-19, and, in increasingly uncertain times, making sure we invest in people has never been more important, nor has continuing to showcase the impact it has on organisational success."

OAKMAN RUNS THE FOLLOWING VENUES IN OUR AREAS:

Bedfordshire

White Hart, Ampthill

Buckinghamshire

Beech House, Amersham

Beech House, Beaconsfield

Cherry Tree, Olney

The Akeman Inn, Kingswood

Betsey Wynne, Swanbourne

The Polecat Inn, Prestwood

Hertfordshire

King’s Arms, Berkhamsted

Banyers House, Royston

Beech House, St Albans

The Red Lion, Water End

The Akeman, Tring

Northamptonshire

The Navigation at Thrupp Wharf, Cosgrove

Oxfordshire

The Crown & Thistle, Abingdon

The Old Post Office, Wallingford

Blue Boar, Witney

Warwickshire

The Globe, Warwick

The Four Alls, Welford-on-Avon