The two-year programme provides skills development and career support for individuals who have experienced or been at risk of homelessness, with over 40 beneficiaries graduated from this year’s programme – Beyond Food’s largest to date.
Based out of Brigade Bar + Kitchen, a social enterprise collaboration between PWC and BaxterStorey, the series of employability workshops and on the job training, provides apprentices with a pathway to learn essential skills that ultimately lead to a rewarding job in the hospitality sector.
At a special graduation ceremony held at Brigade, the apprentices celebrated their success and achievements, ahead of their year-long placements in professional kitchens across the capital.
Noel Mahony, chief executive at BaxterStorey commented: “It’s a privilege to partner with Beyond Food and the incredible work they do to not only provide career support, but to give disadvantaged people the skills and confidence to turn their lives around.
We are delighted to be able to help the apprentices with their next step into hospitality and welcome them into our business. We look forward to seeing them grow and develop their skills and will continue to give them the support they need to do so”.
Simon Boyle, founder of Beyond Food Foundation added: “Today we’re celebrating our first ever departing group of apprentices. Beyond Food is all about helping vulnerable people, giving them a new opportunity and I’m immensely proud of all of those who have taken part to date It’s been challenging at times, but hugely rewarding and this is really just the beginning of a very exciting journey for our apprentices and an opportunity to reclaim control of their lives.
Beyond Food’s 2020 programme commenced in January with its Fresh Life and Get Stuck In workshops, providing skills development and career support for individuals who have experienced or been at risk of homelessness. With over 40 beneficiaries graduating, 13 will now begin the paid apprenticeship at Brigade Bar + Kitchen. Nine of the apprentices will hone their kitchen skills, as part of the United Kitchen scheme, whilst another four will focus on front-of-house training with the Out Front apprenticeship.
Beyond Food will continue to work those not moving onto the apprenticeship, providing signposting sessions, with a view to supporting those candidates into full time employment across a range of partner organisations.