February’s been a whirlwind for our Graduates. This month Tamara and Harry share what they’ve been up to:
This month seems to be flying past! Food on Five had me getting fully involved in projects right from the start, the first being getting ready for the launch of the new blue runner app. The team have decided to launch this app to help keep customers informed of all the happenings in the restaurant, including the weekly food offer, promotions and loyalty schemes.
As well as helping launch the app, I helped manage the Operations team breakfast. I was given creative licence and worked closely with the chef’s team to help create a delicious energising breakfast. A few favourites were the sweet potato fritters and poached quails’ eggs, as well as the smoothie bowls. To top it off, I got to work with some amazing suppliers including Well & Truly, The Curators and Willie’s Cacao, to put together some goody bags. It was great to see how an event runs from start to finish.
This month we attended our final finance training session of the year, with trainer Zoe Yard. My general manager Patrick has been assisting me to put what I’ve learnt into practice. Ready to help at any moment, he’s supported me with closing the books, putting through invoices and accruals and handling stock take. If you told me I would enjoy the finance side at the start of the year, I wouldn’t have believed you!
I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to work at so many different locations, all filled with very inspirational people. Thank you to Simon Kelly, Darren Norman, Sam Hemlin and Matt Webb for making sure I’m always learning and developing!
Last month I spent my time getting to grips with the world of health and safety. I was tasked with the role of refreshing the 34 employees at my site with the correct procedures and policies. Health and safety isn’t the most glamorous part of our business, but if we get it wrong, the potential consequences could be critical. So, I was pleased to be trusted with the responsibility of carrying out manual handling risk assessments, COSHH training and monthly audits – a great learning experience.
This month my attention was focused on finance, something I’ve really been looking forward to. I’ve started to get to grips with evolution in the smaller sites, where I am absorbing as much knowledge as possible before moving back to the larger sites.
I’ve been lucky enough to become part of a project team, to present to one of our clients. Our task as a team is to provide a 30-year projected view on the food market, addressing cultural changes, ethical impacts and sustainability factors. This is no easy task, but I find the ever-changing requirements for our customers fascinating, so I’m really looking forward to getting hands on with this project.