Giraffe launches G1 training academy for managers

Dining chain Giraffe is set to launch a new G1 training academy, aimed at brushing up the skills of team members and managers.

The new academy, which will be located on the site of Giraffe's first restaurant in Hampstead, will offer participants the opportunity to learn about the brand's business values and help them develop their front and back-of-house skills. The restaurant on Rosslyn Hill will continue to be open to the public, while the venue's menu will change every month in order to train staff across a wide array of dishes. The kitchen will also be running experimental additions and daily specials.

Beyond this new academy, Giraffe also recently announced its new partnership with skills council People 1st; the pair will be working together on the various training programmes that will be offered through the G1 academy. It is hoped that the scheme will carve potential career pathways for those working in hospitality jobs.

Giraffe founder Russel Joffe said: "As we move into our next phase of growth, the new G1 Academy will be the cornerstone of our training programme. It will be fostering talent from all over the UK as well as offer an excellent value dining experience to our local and loyal customers."

Mr Joffe added that the academy is simply another part of the 50-strong chain's major expansion plans this year, after Tesco's acquisition of the business earlier this year. After the successful opening at Watford's Tesco Extra branch in August, two new venues will be launched in Tesco Extra stores in Abingdon and Cheshunt by the end of the year.

The academy will be opened to interested parties from next month. Note that the restaurant will be closed to customers on Mondays for group training, cook-offs, seminars and culture days.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency in the food industry.