We’re thrilled to be launching our new professional training academy to support new employees at Devonshire Hotels & Restaurants Group in the development of their hospitality careers.

The Devonshire Hospitality Academy, which will welcome its second batch of students in March 2022, is an in-house training programme, which will lead to a recognised industry qualification at Level 2 Apprenticeship. Crucially, on successful completion of the course, permanent full time jobs will automatically offered.

Academy places will be available at all of our hotels and inns on the Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire and the Bolton Abbey Estate in Yorkshire.

People are at the heart of what we do, with our aim being to place greater emphasis on achieving work-life balance for our employees, with rates of pay which reflect their contribution to the business as being greater than simply matching statutory pay levels. We’re passionate about the hospitality industry and the opportunities that are available within it. More so than ever, there are a wealth of opportunities for people from all walks of life, who are ready to apply themselves and be eager to learn.

The programme content for the 18-month long Academy will focus on Front of House positions including housekeeping, bar tenders, waiting staff and receptionists. Content will be structured with a monthly schedule of workshops full of interesting and useful information to increase your knowledge and further your career development. The range of workshops available may include:

  • Foraging day on the estate
  • A day with keepers on the estate
  • Understanding the customer spa journey
  • Social media workshop
  • Cheese supplier tasting and tour
  • Commercial awareness training
  • Dog handling and psychology
  • Internal training options – including Diversity, Unconscious Bias, Managing Customer Conflict, Mental Health Awareness

Plus a familiarisation trip to the Champagne region of France

Ongoing support will be provided by an allocated mentor, typically an experienced member of their own team, along with monthly meetings with the Resident Manager, or Head of Operations.

If you’re looking for an exciting and rewarding career change – we are here to encourage the stars of the future to shine!