At Liberty Wines, we place a lot of importance on staff training and development – from WSET qualifications to The Liberty Wines Academy and our unique Apprentice scheme – as a crucial element of offering great service. These programmes not only bring immediate benefits to the team but also lay great foundations for the future of the industry, something else we are passionate about. The more, better-trained people there are out there, the brighter the future for all of us. As a result, we’re always keen to support new ideas that aim to develop individuals, such as an exciting new initiative called The Switch.
Emma Underwood, the GM for Burnt Truffle in Cheshire and TMRW project founder Anna Sulan Masing, spearheaded The Switch to offer the chance for Front of House staff to learn from their peers, experience different environments and be exposed to new ways of working. This is knowledge they can build on and take to back to their own restaurants, while developing new relationships across the industry, which will hopefully last them through their careers.
The Switch is taking place this week in the lead up to National Waiters Day. The idea is to pair up two restaurants that offer different experiences - size, location, style, environment - and swap one front of house member in each place. They will spend 3-5 days in the different restaurant and then share their experiences. It’s such a fantastic opportunity for all those involved to learn new skills, and to see the value of a career in hospitality, and a great chance for those in the industry to learn and create networks and support systems across hospitality. We’re particularly excited to be sponsoring a sommelier switch between The Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds and The Black Swan in Oldstead in York). We’d love to see the project do well and grow.
You can find more information on their website: http://www.chefsoftomorrow.co.uk/the-switch