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Tom joined Greene King in 2006 as a payroll administrator. Almost immediately after starting, Greene King began to invest in his development. Among other things, this included funding his three-year diploma in Payroll Management. In fact, Tom says that “almost all of our department have completed – or are studying for – qualifications funded by the company.”
He’s since moved through a variety of roles within the department, and was promoted to Payroll Manager in 2010. He and his team of 12 are responsible for paying Greene King’s 25,000+ employees, from directors and team members at head office, to managers and service staff in our managed pubs throughout the UK. According to Tom, “I believe this is a company that will continue to offer me new challenges for years to come.”
Dawn’s been with Greene King for 11 years. Eight years in the lab and three in her current role, brewing shift manager. Her proudest achievement so far? Passing all of the brewing exams. As she says, “It’s a big commitment, but it’s the biggest achievement.”
Her next aim? Become a master brewer.
Dawn’s one of five people who manage a team of 25, which is rewarding but sometimes has its challenges. The biggest challenge of all is meeting demand. “We’re getting busier and busier,” she says, “but no matter how busy we get, we need to brew beer to the same high standards every time.”
When Lewis moved to Devon with his girlfriend, he was looking for work. He had always wanted to learn how to cook, so he joined the Anchor Inn as a kitchen porter. Initially, there weren’t many opportunities to cook, but the more hours he was given, the more he got to practice his cooking skills.
Lewis completed his Level 2 Kitchen Services qualification and was then nominated by his manager to do the Level 2+ Team Leader apprenticeship. It’s an exciting time. As Lewis says, “I’m looking forward to progressing through the course and growing in confidence as I use my leadership skills in readiness for management.”
Isabelle joined Greene King when she was 18, working part-time behind the bar. She thought it would be a stop-gap job, but quickly realised that she could have a career in hospitality. So she did an apprenticeship and got lots of support from her manager, Alice.
“The backing of a manager is so important,” Isabelle said. “Alice was supportive of my apprenticeship, encouraging me to keep on top of my studies and was always around to help me with on-the-job learning.”
That support seems to have worked. Three years after she first started, Isabelle now runs her own pub.