The Coaching Inn Group, led by Kevin Charity, has launched chef academies at its Three Swans Hotel in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. The company has partnered with HIT Training for the initiative, which will support 20 apprentices and is designed to maximise Coaching Inn Group’s Apprenticeship Levy funding. Staff have the chance to take part in an intermediate or advanced chef academy programme. Consisting of a mix of work-based learning, mentor sessions and group training days, the academies will equip staff with the skills needed to work in every section of the kitchen. As part of its commitment to investing in staff, the Coaching Inn Group plans to extend its apprenticeship programme in 2018 to support the progression of sous chefs and head chefs within the business. Lee Melton, head of learning and development at Coaching Inn Group, said: “The industry-wide demand for chefs means that investing in training is essential to recruit and retains these highly skilled team members. We believe investing in high-quality training will not only help to future proof the business but also the vibrant and creative sector in which we work.”