The programme, which will take place next week and see 30 participants take part in total, will be continued with further schools through the summer if it is a success.
Alongside other restaurants, bars and hotels in the UK, D&D London said it has struggled to secure enough staff as restaurants have been busier since the April reopening. Its new ‘Summer School’ is one of a number of initiatives it is now implementing to attract staff.
The week-long paid training programme will focus on three main aspects of restaurants: front of house, back of house and bar. Attendees will be divided into these three groups and will be training for the roles of commis waiter, commis chef and bar-back.
Attendees will be paid during the training and the course will end with an interview and, for successful candidates, employment at one of D&D London’s restaurants.
All participants will receive an introduction to hospitality, to D&D as a brand, as well as training for mock interviews and CV feedback to increase their chances of employability as they develop their careers.
Commis chef course attendees will train in food safety, basic knife skills, allergens and hygiene standards. They will also learn classic cookery skills including pasta making, bread baking and how to prepare the perfect omelette. Trainees will enjoy on-site masterclasses from D&D chefs to gain an insight into working in a professional kitchen.
Meanwhile, bar course attendees will learn the fundamentals of these roles as well as about the industry in general and will be trained by industry leaders. Some of the world’s leading drinks brands including Diageo, Asahi, Pernod-Ricard and Nyetimber will have ambassadors leading workshops.
Those training as bar-backs will also learn the fundamentals of operating a bar, safety regulations as well as enjoying drinks masterclasses.
Finally, the Commis Waiters course attendees will participate in sessions on providing excellent service, understanding the importance of teamwork as well as in masterclasses given by senior D&D London servers. They will also be provided an insight into the art of front of house as well as an “appreciation for the role it plays in an overall restaurant experience”.
Carol Cairnes, people director, said: “We are really looking forward to the start of the Summer School and I do feel that it will bring high quality staff into D&D. Although we hope all participants join us, even if they don’t, they will be more equipped and confident to explore a career in the hospitality industry in general.”