Itsu serves up new Apprenticeships for General Managers

June 14, 2017

The national Asian inspired food retailer, itsu, has launched its first ever Apprenticeship programme.

Keen to support the Government’s aspirations to get big businesses behind Apprenticeships, itsu will take a cohort of their General Manager population through a bespoke training programme aimed at developing their leadership skills and commercial acumen to progress their career while at the same time achieving a globally recognised management qualification.

The ‘GM Masters’ is the first in a series of Apprenticeship training programmes itsu plan to launch for their shop teams. The 12 month programme will be delivered in partnership with national training provider, the Remit Group. Those ‘GM Masters’ completing the training will benefit from a level three Apprenticeship qualification and an ILM Management Diploma.

The bespoke training programme will support development in areas such as effective leadership, delivering great results and personal effectiveness.

Nicolas Barnoin, itsu’s Operations Director, said: “These are all skills that set us apart from our peers. We have to harness them and then have the motivation to practice and perfect them. This programme provides our ‘GM Masters’ with the opportunity to achieve this in a structured format, with the fantastic support of Remit Group, our Apprenticeship partners.”

itsu has begun this exciting new journey with their General Managers with the goal of developing them as mentors and supporters for future apprentices. Our qualified GM Masters will offer advice and guidance as well as a full understanding of the benefits that this programme can offer.

Jo Davis, Group HR Director at itsu explained: “To be the best on the high street, we need the best teams in our shops. The best teams need the best managers, so that’s why we started with our manager population. We officially launched the programme last month and have received a phenomenal response.”

The company will be providing places on its ‘GM Masters’ training programme this year to General Managers across the country, with an extension to their Apprenticeship offering launching later this year, aimed at other team members.

Sue Pittock, Chief Executive Officer at Remit Group, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting itsu in launching its first ever Apprenticeship training programme. Through recognising the benefits Apprenticeships can offer, itsu’s team will benefit from key leadership skills and qualifications to help them develop personally and enhance their career pathways.”