After a very long winter in lockdown, we are thrilled to have been able to restart our training programmes IN PERSON!

We kicked off on 12th April with our first Freshlife programme of 2021, welcoming a far smaller group than we are used to, allowing for social distancing. Having a smaller group allowed us to intensify our training and provide even more outstanding support for each participant. We squeezed a lot into one week! We cooked up a conversation in the kitchen with Chef Founder Simon Boyle and Chef Trainer Leon Seraphin. Simon taught us ‘How to Find a Job and Keep It’. We went for an inspirational trip to Borough Market, sampling the fresh produce on offer and purchasing some for cooking. We walked and talked our way from London Bridge to Tower Bridge. Our participants showed us everything they had learned across the week to create their delicious canapes to wrap things up.

At the end of all that, 100% of our participants said they would recommend the Freshlife programme to others.

From Freshlife to Get Stuck In

No hanging around here at Beyond Food! 100% of our participants from Freshlife joined us to go straight into Get Stuck In. Over the two weeks of Get Stuck In, we built on everything we had introduced during Freshlife. With more practical sessions in the kitchen, Leon did a whole range of workshops from stocks and soups to butchery and baking! We enjoyed an inspirational day out for a session with Extract Coffee teaching our participants about speciality coffee. Then exploring the different cuisines on offer at Mercato Metropolitano. We perfected CVs and interview technique with Change Recruitment and practised IT skills with Monica from Star Quality Hospitality Consultancy.

A full-on three weeks to get our participants back into the mindset for employment. It is safe to say we could not have done all of this over Zoom! There is nothing quite like being in the same room as someone, getting to know them and seeing them grow throughout the programme.

We can’t wait to do it all again in June. We are recruiting now for our June cohort starting on 7th June. Email info@beyondfood.org.uk for more info, to apply or make a referral.