Huge congratulations and well done to Stacey our Apprentice from Castleford who has graduated to become an Assistant Manager in the business. Stacey joined 16 months ago and began her Apprentice journey in November 2017. Her journey consisted of a structured programme, Trainer/Ops visits, 4 workshops, various projects and finally her Assistant Manager journey plus graduation.
“It can’t be compared to any other Apprenticeship programme out there – 53 weeks may sound a lot, but it really flies by. It’s an opportunity to take you from Team Member to Assistant Manager, with the best training - it’s too good of a chance to miss! I wouldn’t change my experience for the world, it’s been fantastic…and you can have this too”
Last Tuesday was ASK Italian's annual Great Ormond Street Hospital event as we set out to raise another million pounds for the charity. Just under 400 Head Office, Restaurant teams and Suppliers joined in to race Dragon Boats at London Docklands. Thank you to everyone involved on the day and please do continue to donate for this awesome charity. hashtag#GOSH
The key to all of our success is the ASK Factor meaning we are confident, engaging, ambitious, genuine and we love to be a bit cheeky. Sound familiar?
So, if you are interested in creating great Italian food from the freshest ingredients and serving it in dishes that demand attention this could be the start of something special...
Our people are the most important part of our business so join our family and you'll be supported in your career journey, whatever route you take and however far you'd like to go.
With 70% internal development we are proud to support you thorugh our award-winning career development programme called the ASK Italian Journey and we will give you an amazing Italian Education too!
Adam joined ASK Italian back in 2009 and has been promoted into a number of positions including General Manager, BOH Training Manager, Operations Manager, New Openings Operations Manager and more recently to Senior Operations Manager.
Why did you choose a career in Hospitality?
Like most people, you kind of fall into it.. I started working in the kitchen of my local restaurant at Mill House Inns at 14 and quickly got hooked on preparing and cooking food. I enjoyed the energy in the kitchen and discovered a passion for food and thrived on working in a team. I progressed to be Head Chef leading a team of 12 at the age of 17 then went on to become Assistant Manager then Deputy Manager!
What were you doing before ASK Italian?
I was at Caffé Nero for 3 years as a General Manager in Hull and also supported in opening up new stores in the business. I was tasked in setting up high performing teams and Hull was recognised as a site with exceptional standards and training. After Nero I then went to Barracuda Bars as a Relief Manager taking on difficult situations in restaurants and bars which needed stewardship within short time periods. Overseeing 16 restaurants and bars at Barracuda it gave me experience that I use to this day. I then returned to Mill House Inns as a GM for a flagship restaurant and now with ASK Italian!
What do you do in your day to day role?
I lead all new opening restaurants at ASK Italian from acquiring a site, supporting the recruitment of great talent, building great teams and working with Head Office teams to put together a robust new openings plan. I also support in the transformations of existing sites to ensure a smooth process that allows our great teams to develop and build after a refurbishment.
What excites you about ASK Italian at the moment?
Same thing as the reason I joined ASK Italian 7 years ago – the amazing food that I’m proud to serve every day! The food stops conversation and the focus on the development of our people is the heart and soul of our business - working with good people is easy!
What advice would you give someone who wants a career in Hospitality?
Remember that through a positive outlook and a focus on the customer you can deliver an exceptional customer experience – and most importantly you can enjoy something that you care passionately about. For anyone looking to progress it’s good to have a thirst for knowledge and a willingness to self-improve every day.
The Ask Italian Apprenticeship programme is a year long development plan that is open to Team Members who are looking to become future leaders in our business.
We will help you to develop your knowledge, skills & behaviours to grow your career and graduate as either a 2nd Chef or Assistant Manager and ensure you have all the skills you need to grdauate in to your management role.
You will have our full support as you commit to a bespoke learning plan that will include workshops, interactive workbooks and modules
On graduating the programme, you will receive a Nationally Recognised Level 3 Apprenticeship certificate in either the Hospitality Supervisor or Senior Production Chef .
Some Basic Criteria:
Like many things in life, good things start with a great conversation so if this is something that excites you, submit your application, along with a 30 second video telling us why you want to apply for the programme to: email@example.com
At ASK Italian we strive to give every customer a Great Hello, the same welcome, care and attention that we give our friends or family. And we want to show you as a new starter the same consideration. It’s a warm embrace, a sense of belonging, and an important step towards the beginning of a great career with us!
Our values and beliefs are packed full of Italian attitude and underpin everything that we do. This passion we share with our customers and (just as importantly) our teams.
Day One in the ASK Italian Journey brings this to life. Your THIS IS ASK ITALIAN session is our first opportunity to show you all about us...
I have been working at ASK Italian full-time (Less than a year)
Everyday I continue to feel that amazing ASK Italian welcome no matter who you speak to
Head office is bursting with great energy and fun attitudes, just like the restaurant teams
The amazing team support and eagerness to share their wisdom has been so crucial to my development throughout the last 9 months
Although we are always on the look out for ways to make ASK Italian better and move forward in this ever evolving 21st century - keep going! There is so much technology out there to explore with our restaurants.
Advice to Management
Keep valuing everyone like you do and in return they will thrive alongside ASK Italian
I applied online. I interviewed at ASK Italian (Royal Leamington Spa, England) in June 2017.
Had the interview with the General Manager and the Operations Manager, both of them being very open and friendly. Interview took around 30 minutes. Got an offer the next day and accepted.
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