National recognition as a springboard to career success in the South West.

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National recognition as a springboard to career success in the South West.
Our commitment to nurturing and developing local talent has been rewarded at a national level, as the home of the South West’s favourite ales picked up Best Career Progression at this year’s Springboard Awards for Excellence in London.

The Awards for Excellence recognise successful initiatives at all levels of business designed to promote careers, attract and develop people and display best employment practices. In this third category, St Austell Brewery was particularly praised for its ‘Brewing a Passion’ training program which, according to the judges, demonstrated a clear pipeline of progression and internal opportunities

Based at St Austell Brewery’s Academy 1851, the training program has taught front of house and kitchen staff the key hospitality skills needed to succeed in the industry and is supported by a clear four stage process resulting in improved staff engagement and productivity, better staff retention, and better service across the Brewery’s award-winning estate of Westcountry pubs and hotels.

Picking up the Best Career Progression award on the night, Brewery Director of People Jackie Scarfe said, “This is a fantastic award which recognises the hard work of so many people within our organisation to attract young talent into our business, helping them to realise their abilities and access the excellent, long-term career opportunities that we can offer them in the South West.”

The Springboard Charity helps young people achieve their potential and nurtures unemployed people of any age into work. It helps alleviate poverty by supporting disadvantaged and underprivileged people into sustainable employment within hospitality, leisure and tourism.

Springboard’s work encourages, motivates, builds confidence, develops the skills required and mentors our beneficiaries to succeed in a career within hospitality, leisure and tourism. By making a contribution to the vital work of this Charity, you will directly help young people, safeguard their future employment and give back to an industry that provides enjoyment to so many.

Commenting as head of the professional judging panel, Beth Aarons of the Dorchester Collection Hotels Group commented, “St. Austell Brewery’s entry showed extensive career progression across the whole business with truly remarkable results, both in terms of reduced turnover and in terms of the considerable numbers of people who had benefitted from the programme.”

For more information about Academy 1851 and the full range of training courses available to both individuals and organisations, visit