As we begin to think about what the future of foodservice looks like, and what the dining experience of the future will feel like, we’re left with many possibilities and questions. While we don’t have a crystal ball to rely on, many operators can agree on one thing – training and education are vital to ensuring a smooth and safe reopening.
This uncertain time provides us with the opportunity to brush up on skills, learn something new, or expand your knowledge in order to diversify your career. As restaurants and drinking places open up their doors, being able to jump back into work with new skills and expertise, can allow you to take on new challenges, or work within this changing culinary landscape.
FoodGrads has put together this list of educational resources to take advantage of during the COVID-19 pandemic:
FREE resource that explains 50 career paths in the industry. If becoming a brewmaster, sous-chef, butcher, restaurant manager, barista, caterer, or many more options has ever crossed your mind, find out the education and skills needed, what a day in the life of the profession looks like, and where you can get training. Also learn about other career paths in the industry to broaden your knowledge and understanding of how everything works together.
Tourism is a GREAT place to build a career. Now anyone around the world can access free online training courses thanks to our partnership with Tourism HR Canada”. Joe Baker, Dean-Hospitality & Tourism, Centennial College.
Dairy Farmers of Ontario, in collaboration with over 30 Ontario chefs, proudly presents Savour Ontario at Home, a free recipe collection designed to inspire passionate home chefs!
Interested in exploring a career as a bartender? Diageo’s Bar Academy is the community for you. The world’s no.1 premium drinks company provides everything you need to raise the bar and enhance your career: training and education, bar news, cocktail trends, drinks inspiration, a global network of experts, and insights from some of the industry’s leading influencers and world-renowned bartenders.
The Cacao Barry Chocolate Academy provides professional online chocolate courses. Is a career working with chocolate in your future? Not sure, check out 8 facts about chocolatiers. The team of Cacao Barry pastry chefs has developed a collection of practical recipes rooted in our French pastry heritage and the desire for bringing a progressive approach to pastry. Interested in a career as a baker? Learn more here.
Corby Spirit and Wine is partnering with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to sponsor a free Level 1 Award in Spirits Course for 1,500 bartenders across the country to take while their bars are closed down. Learn more about Corby and what they are doing to support during the pandemic.
Food Processing Skills Council offer a range of courses that cross over nicely with a career in foodservice. During and after COVID-19 sanitation, hygiene and food safety will feature heavily moving forward. These courses are an excellent addition to round out your ‘food focused’ resume.
- I AM FOOD (free if you are registered with FoodGrads)
- Food Safety Culture and You
- Leadership Skills for Supervisors – Communication, Coaching & Conflict
- Food Spoilage and Food Safety
- National Sanitation Training program – Free
- On-farm food safety
- HACCP Essentials
5 Part Video Series via FoodGrads (FREE) for advice on:
-The difference between a resume, CV & benefits of a cover letter
-Social media and networking
-Interviewing (especially now online)
-Career versus job
- Coming Together Instagram Live Cocktail Sessions
To inspire creativity and at-home mixology, Moët Hennessy in Canada is hosting weekly Coming Together Instagram Live cocktail sessions educating social media audiences on the essentials of cocktail making with brand ambassador Sabrine Dhaliwal and a special guest joining each week. Moët Hennessy will make a charitable donation to each guest’s charity of choice. Cocktail sessions take place every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. PST on Sabrine’s Instagram page: @sabrinedhaliwal.
For too long the perception of the foodservice industry is that the opportunities available are for people looking for part-time, entry-level, transactional jobs, a ‘stop-gap’ until something ‘long-term’ comes along—while the reality is this industry offers a huge range of meaningful career options (just ask those who have enjoyed a long and rewarding career!)
Please keep checking back, as more resources become available, we will update this page.