Empowering the freelance community with new skills

Connecting passionate people to the best jobs within the hospitality sector is the basis of how Brigad improves your working life. Despite the challenges of 2020, this is something that's continued to improve, and now, we are recognising the importance it holds now more than ever. Where lockdown closures and restrictions have meant venues haven’t been operating as normal, Talents have been able to continue their growth thanks to new initiatives we've offered to help their development during this time, so they are in a position to be put forward for better roles in the future.

Through our Brigad Academy, there have been new opportunities for upskilling or reskilling available to the Talent community. It has meant self-employed professionals have been busy throughout the quieter periods of lockdown and focussed on new goals, whilst also considering new possibilities for jobs that are better paid. For hospitality businesses, it also brings clear benefits by giving them access to a greater pool of workers with the specific skill sets required to fulfil certain roles within their operations.

Brigad Academy has been focused on three areas; back of house, front of house and bar. It was designed to be undertaken virtually so that workers can benefit from this development during COVID-19 restrictions. It consists of video tutorials and a test, and for those training in a back of house role where food preparation is involved, such as a chef de partie, they need to create a dish from a recipe and share videos of this. Once a Talent has completed the training and test and passed, the specific skill or role will be added to their profile, meaning that they will then have a new set of job roles and shifts to go forward for.

Providing this level of support to our community is something we take incredibly seriously at Brigad. Upskilling and reskilling can have a significant impact on someone’s livelihood - it can mean the difference between being paid or not. And, as we’re sadly set to see more people facing unemployment in the coming months, it’s important to recognise the impact Brigad can have in supporting and empowering people to enter the freelance environment for the first time.

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