Preparing for life after lockdown, Karen Bates (BrewDog) and James Earl (The Skills Network)

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Preparing for life after lockdown, Karen Bates (BrewDog) and James Earl (The Skills Network)

Time: April 15, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
Location: Online
Event Type: webinar
Organized By: Donald H Taylor
Latest Activity: Apr 16

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Preparing for life after lockdown

Karen Bates, People Director, BrewDog

James Earl, Executive Director, The Skills Network

PLEASE NOTE: This LSG webinar was meant to take place on Thursday 15 April at 12 pm BST. Due to a technical issue, we have to reschedule it. We will communicate the new date soon. 

Are your employees ready to return to work? Some will be happy to, while others may feel disconnected and nervous. Yet employers want all staff to feel valuable members of the team, even after a year’s absence.

In this session, you will learn how The Skills Network (TSN) and Brewdog are looking at supporting staff for life during and after lockdown. Executive Director at TSN, James Earl and BrewDog’s People Director, Karen Bates, will discuss how TSN are supporting BrewDog with retraining and redeveloping their staff.

  • What is the Brewdog Academy?
  • Plans for now and the future
  • Apprenticeships and using the levy
  • Accessing government funding to upskill during lockdown and furlough.


James joined The Skills Network (TSN) in 2012 and has been indispensable in TSN’s trajectory over the last nine years. James has proven fundamental in the rapid growth of TSN’s online learning technology both in the UK and Globally. Supporting workforce development throughout the UK and internationally, we are constantly developing new, original and engaging ways to deliver online remote learning and training to maintain our market-leading status. Having worked with over 4,000 organisations, we are committed to finding the right solution for any business.

Karen joined BrewDog in January 2020 as Group People Director, with responsibility for the people agenda across the International BrewDog group.  Her focus and passion is on driving the company culture and world class people processes designed to deliver an engaging and unique approach to customer experience whilst also being an employer of choice and implementing wellness strategies.


Prior to joining BrewDog, Karen was the People Director at Costa Coffee, with responsibility for the transition of Costa Coffee from Whitbread to Coca-Cola, a major transformation project as part of the £3bn sale.


Karen has also worked with major high street retailers, hospitality and consumer businesses and has a track record of achieving success through people and driving customer experience. 

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