Brewery launches Academy 1851

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(L-R) People director, Jackie Scarfe; Richard Parkes, learning development manager; and Clare Harris, employment and skills manager at the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP
(L-R) People director, Jackie Scarfe; Richard Parkes, learning development manager; and Clare Harris, employment and skills manager at the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP

St Austell Brewery is expanding its staff training to benefit other hospitality businesses across the south west.

A refurbished training and development centre – Academy 1851 – opened this week to offer a range of training courses at varying levels for the licensed hospitality industry in the region to access.

Courses range from specialist Barista training and cellar management, to food hygiene and advanced wines and spirits.

Jackie Scarfe, people director at St Austell Brewery, said: “It is essential, especially in the south west, that we meet the ongoing challenges of recruiting and retaining staff in the hospitality industry, and our aim in creating Academy 1851 is to help businesses in this field to find it easier to support their staff to develop their careers, making their job prospects more attractive, and helping to keep the best staff in the region.”

Academy 1851 takes its name from the year St Austell Brewery was founded, with the company known to be one of the oldest businesses in Cornwall.