Last year, we partnered with Just Eat to create a brand new initiative – the Just Eat Skills Kitchen - which aims to inspire, train and hire people with the potential to build a career in the takeaway restaurant sector and help them become the hospitality heroes of tomorrow.
The Just Eat Skills Kitchen will help people develop technical and professional skills in a variety of areas from kitchen through to front of house and help them hone those skills to build their future careers.
Just Eat works with more than 28,500 restaurant partners across the UK. The programme will connect people with potential to some of these restaurant partners, who will share their knowledge with the programme participants through mentoring sessions, career presentations in educational institutions, and more.
We spoke to Sharon Carline, the owner of Brunch in Prescott, to see why she joined Just Eat Skills Kitchen.
Why do you want to take part in the Just Eat Skills Kitchen?
“There is currently a massive skills shortage within the industry, with owners searching for people with the same commitment and passion for food and customer service as they have. People don’t always consider the takeaway and hospitality industry when thinking about their career plans. This initiative is fantastic because it enables us to show people all that the industry has to offer and give them the opportunities and support they need to build their own careers."
Why is this initiative a good fit for your business?
“At Brunch, we’re always looking to attract staff who are in it for the long run – people we can train up and help to grow not just in their future careers but as people too. Not only is it of benefit to them, it is also critical for supporting our own growth strategy for when we want to open more sites. And having already worked with chef apprentices who have flourished during their time at Brunch, we know that the best way to do that is by attracting the right people in the first place.”
What do you think people can gain from joining this industry?
"Takeaway is a dynamic and exciting industry, which allows for quick career progression and teaches you a range of vital life and professional skills. Not only that, but it’s an arena for creativity, allowing your passions to shine through in everything you produce. It’s also the perfect place for people who want to develop their social skills – with customer service at the heart of everything that we do.”
Springboard’s largest annual fundraiser, The Big Event, raised a whopping £56,222 for their charitable causes.
The evening marked the start of the UK’s largest hospitality trade-show, Hotelympia, and is the biannual exhibition’s official gala dinner. This year they threw-back to the 30’s, with a fabulous Gatsby-inspired theme – including an electro-swing band, talented jazz dancers and – in keeping with the prohibition theme – delicious alcoholic ice cream. There was also a delightful three course meal, enjoyed by all.
All proceeds of the event will help continue Springboard’s programmes, which give people with barriers to work to gain the skills and confidence needed to gain work within the hospitality industry. They do this through a range of fundraisers and events – including a yearly pantomime, treks across the globe and cycle challenges from London to Paris.
The event was sponsored by Remit, Levy UK, drp group, Conviviality, Off to Work, Bidfood, Stickleback Fish, Braehead Foods, Davin Foods, Town & Country Fine Foods, Speakeasy, Cawston Press, Wenlock Spring, Table Art, Diageo, Stalbridge Linen, Reynolds, and Nigel Fredericks. All contributed fantastic products and services, and helped the charity to raise funds for vital programmes.
Anne Pierce, Springboard’s CEO, used the occasion to encourage guests to give back to those less fortunate. She said, “while we enjoy the glamour of this evening, it’s important to remember why we’re here – to help raise funds for those who need it most. These include our fantastic employability programmes like KickStart, and our inspirational FutureChef programme.”
The Hospitality Industry’s Pantomime is just four weeks away, and tickets are selling out like hotcakes!
Preparations are well under-way, with costumes being sewn, lines being rehearsed and props being created – bringing the Springboard adaptation of Aladdin to life! The tickets are moving fast, as theatre-lovers from across the country will descend upon London to watch the industry rendition of the classic tale.
The magical performance will be running from the 31st January until February 2018, at the Arts Theatre, Soho. It will star Liam Wood of Byron Burgers as Aladdin, David Cowdery from the Cavalry and Guards club as Widow Twankey, Blanchette’s Amy Stopher as Jasmine, Steel Hotels’ Chris Penn as the Genie, and Martin Dibben from Searcy’s as Abanazar.
It will also include Bob Silk of Barclays as Widow Spankey, Bruce McLauchlan as Mr. Imperial, Amy Henthorne of The Landmark as Bianca, and Christian Hill of Wagamama as ‘The Mirror’ – as well as a selection of wonderful actors from a range of companies.
Michael Robinson of Springboard said, “we’re very excited about Springboard’s Aladdin. Many people have been asking about the next instalment of the Hospitality Industry’s Pantomime, so it’s great to know that we can both have fun, and raise money for very important programmes that we run.”