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This month David Hawbrook, 39, group development manager at Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries, talks about the variety in his job. He has just won the trainer of the year award from the British Institute of Innkeeping
long have you been in this job?
Eighteen months, but 10 years with Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries.
does your role involve?
A varied role, incorporating recruitment and training. While my main responsibilities are the development of people in the retail concept side of our business (Tavern Table, Varsity, TP Woods, Merchant Stores and Poacher’s Pockets), I am also heavily involved in organising and delivering training for managers throughout the entire retail business.
is your current major strategic push?
The majority of my time is currently split between two key priorities. The first is our Acorn College Assistant Management Development Programme, which is designed to create, from within, our managers of tomorrow. The second priority is that of our Tavern Table food concept, launched just before Christmas. The goal is to deliver to guests great service, to a standard above that traditionally given by branded food operations. This requires exceptional training and a culture of team work to create committed employees.
is your preferred terminology?
Development - that’s what people are doing, developing their skills, attitude, knowledge and behaviour.
I’m not really a buzzword person, but do quite like “Quality through People”
I hate it when people use abbreviations, its just being lazy and often confuses - what’s wrong with saying the words in full?
you good at self-development?
Yes, I really enjoy gaining new skills and knowledge, however only in what I want. I am quite resistant to learning things that others want or force me to - so in true learning cycle manner I must be motivated to start!
self-development have you done in the past six months?
I am currently doing a postgraduate CIPD Diploma at Nottingham Trent University. La