Preparing for life after lockdown
Karen Bates, People Director, BrewDog
James Earl, Executive Director, The Skills Network
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.
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.
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.
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