A training hub providing vital support for food and hospitality professionals struggling due to the pandemic is being launched by University College Birmingham in partnership with events operator NEC Group.
According to the university, the hub will give those “in one of the hardest hit industries the chance to gain new practical and business skills”.
Through the initiative, workers will be able to access information on food safety and allergens training, CV, skills assessment and profiling guidance and health and wellbeing advice.
The new hub builds on the university signing up to support the recovery of the hospitality sector for the Coventry City of Culture celebrations in May.
While the new hub will initially be run virtually through an open access portal, there are plans to run in person sessions at the university’s kitchens and in workplaces in the region.
Lewis Walker, head of higher education at Birmingham College of Food, said; “We are really proud to be at the heart of the West Midlands hospitality sector and be able to support local professionals, providing a range of training, resources and guidance, and encourage the regeneration of this exciting, diverse and crucially important industry within our city,”
“It will also give our students opportunities to work with the sectors they are training to be employed in and get involved with the development of the hub itself.”