Broaden your skill set and earn certification to help you land a great job.
Online hospitality training and management platform Ananas is offering its courses for both individuals and businesses for free until the end of June. Ananas acts as an online learning tool for hospitality professionals on both sides of a business – courses can be completed by individuals looking to expand their skills, or set by business owners to train staff.
If you sign up as an individual, you’ll have access to entry-level videos and training in cocktails, spirits, beer and wine, customer service and bar service. Hospitality professionals with a bit more experience can skip the lessons and take tests to receive certification of their skills in certain areas. There are also heaps of drink recipes on the platform to help inspire your next stay-at-home cocktail night.
Video lessons are run by industry experts such as Greg Sanderson (Speakeasy Group) and Tom Egerton (Eau de Vie Sydney), and serve as a valuable tool for hospitality professionals, or as an engaging way to pick up some tips for anyone who mixes drinks as a hobby.
Business owners can use Ananas as an onboarding and training tool for new staff. You can track training progress and set up tailored training programs for each staff member. There are also editable onboarding document templates released each week.
Sven Almenning (Eau de Vie, Mjolner, Boilermaker House) works with the Speakeasy Group and founded Ananas in 2018 to act as a training hub for hospitality staff and business owners. He says making courses free was an easy decision.
“As bar owners ourselves, we’re pretty devastated about [last year's] closures and the impact it has had on our business and our team,” he says. “We thought that by making this free for other operators, as well as for all staff during this time, we might be able to contribute something positive to the industry in a time of need.”
Almenning offered courses for free during 2020's lockdowns as well. He hopes hospitality professionals and business owners who have been out of work can use the courses to get back to work in the industry.
“The aim here is to give those who want to use downtime as an opportunity to upskill and improve their chances at landing a job,” he says. “Hopefully people who earn their certificates and credentials should be better equipped to join the hospitality work force.”
Photography: Brook James