Free hospitality courses for Horsham residents and businesses

Horsham District Council is partnering with Crawley College and Mole Valley District Council to provide a programme of free training in hospitality skills.

An innovative range of courses have been designed to help hospitality businesses and to invest in those seeking a career in the industry, as part of a campaign to support the industry to recover from the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

One-day courses, ideal for upskilling new or existing staff or for those seeking careers in hospitality, include areas such as barista training, cocktail making and silver service skills.

New business owners or new managers will also benefit from the new two-day regulatory courses, covering topics including licensing, environmental health and fire safety.

These courses are free and certified by Chichester College Group. They are delivered at Crawley College or at venues in Horsham and Mole Valley – they can even be held at your own premises!

Horsham District Council Leader and Cabinet Member for the Local Economy Cllr Jonathan Chowen commented:

I am really pleased that we are able to offer this programme of free training courses for the hospitality sector in our District.

It is a sector that was severely hit during the pandemic and I believe that this training will be a real boost to help them upskill their current employees and recruit new employees who may not have worked in the sector before.

The impact on staffing in particular has been significant and we would encourage businesses and any residents seeking to enter the industry to take this opportunity to upskill.

Cllr Jonathan Chowen, Cabinet Member for the Local Economy

Vicki Illingworth, Principal at Crawley College, added:

We are proud to be able to deliver this fantastic series of training opportunities, which we believe will be extremely beneficial to businesses in the hospitality sector.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact, not only in the way businesses have had to operate over the past couple of years but also in the recruitment of skilled staff – and that’s why we’re running these courses.

This is an opportunity for local businesses to upskill their new staff or existing staff, making sure they are also able to access vital regulatory training. For people looking to join this industry, there are some fantastic skills’ courses which will add to their repertoire and bolster their CVs.

Vicki Illingworth, Principal at Crawley College

Courses are free for residents and businesses based within the Horsham and Mole Valley districts and expressions of interest must be registered by Tuesday 15 March.

To find out more and register your interest, please visit:

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