BaxterStorey has become the first operator authorised to deliver Institute of Hospitality qualifications after the Institute granted it Approved Centre status.
The foodservice firm, which also runs its own Chef Academy, will now be allowed to deliver and assess three qualifications in hospitality and tourism from its offices in Reading.
The qualifications will be Level 2 Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Operation; Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Prior to granting approval, Mike Turner FIH, said that staff training was a key part of the BaxterStorey business. He said: "Staff development is a core activity within BaxterStorey and spans across all levels of the organisation. The core Training and Development team is located at the Reading office and there is hardly a weekday on which no training of some description is happening somewhere in the organisation."
Graham Eveleigh, head of skills development at BaxterStorey, said: "We are delighted. BaxterStorey is committed to the training and development of our people and sees the Institute of Hospitality as a fundamental stepping stone to enhancing their management skills."
He added: "We look forward to delivering the training programmes from our own facilities in Reading and hope to expand this to other areas of the business in the future."
BaxterStorey chefs in particular have had a successful run this month, with executive chef Hayden Groves winning National Chef of the Year, and general manager of Tottenham Hotspur and BaxterStorey employee Janine Swales picking up the award for the Academy of Food and Wine Service's UK Restaurant Manager of the Year.
The firm also won this year's inaugural Foodservice Catey award for best Procurement.