7 Free Online Hospitality Courses You Can Do Now

The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic is being felt throughout the world, and perhaps the worst hit will be the hospitality and tourism industry. That doesn’t mean that it won’t recover, that things won’t return to normal and hopefully by what we learn from this time, it will return stronger than ever before.

What can you do during this time? The resounding message: Stay at home. This isn’t always easy, many people have lost their income, and some even their jobs. GravyWork understands this, that’s why we’ve helped thousands of our workers find alternative employment as essential service staff in the cleaning industry. 

If you still have time on your hands and would like to do something productive from home – why not take a few of their free online courses to improve your skills and land better-paid jobs when this is all over. Now’s the time to focus on the future – and more specifically – your future.


Gravy Work has teamed up with the world’s leading online hospitality training provider Typsy to help you gain practical hospitality skills to help you upskill and increase your experience level.  With access to over 80 individual lessons (8 courses), by some of the world’s best instructors, you will be able to ensure the foundational elements of Service delivery are learned prior to your first shift.  Take a peak at two of the eight available Typsy courses that are available for Free Subscription to Typsy:

  1. Social media for hospitality businesses by Typsy

This isn’t a course you’re going to find anywhere else – how to effectively manage social media in the hospitality industry. Now more than ever, we need to be active online and if you have those skills, you’re more likely to be hired. If you’re a business owner, this could help you build your brand and get people excited to return.

  1. Workplace Health and Safety – Personal protective equipment

If you’re still open, having all your staff do Health and Safety training is critical. This course covers all the basics and goes into detail where needed. It’s only 12 minutes long, so this can be done quickly at a staff meeting or during lunch break. 

Typsy has a great variety of free hospitality courses to choose from and what we really like about their material is that it’s short and concise – gets to the point, no time wasted. 


EdX is one of the largest MOOC (Massive open online course) providers out there. Their content is up to date and they work in collaboration with some of the biggest universities in the world.

As for the Hospitality Industry, they offer two very interesting courses that will look great on your CV.

  1. International Hospitality Management

This free course focuses on leadership skills and management of human resources within the hospitality industry. You will also delve into integrated marketing management and new technologies and innovations. 

The course also touches on luxury products and services, something that is sure to be in demand after the crisis is over.


  1. Sustainable Tourism

This has never been more important than now. We are waiting to see if all our efforts to create a sustainable tourism industry has paid off – but no matter the outcome, this type of work will be essential after the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their main focus in this free online course: For you to become part of the ongoing dialogues on developments for the future of tourism. A must right now.


Again, Coursera has become one of the leading platforms in terms of free online studying. It has so many options available, and you can study absolutely anything you set your mind on.

  1. Food & Beverage Management

Food and beverage management training is critical for managers in the Hospitality industry. Almost all sectors of the industry have aspects of food and beverage management. 

Consider hotels, with bar fridges in rooms or a cocktail bar in the lobby, or a restaurant, pub, or club. This area of expertise will give you the upper hand when applying for new positions.

Brentwood Open Learning College

Brentwood open learning college is a UK accredited online course provider. It is committed to helping people upskill and reskill continuously, as further education should be ongoing.  We couldn’t agree more.

  1. Hotel Management Short Course

If you’re an aspiring hotel manager or simply wish to take this time to refresh your knowledge –  this free short course has amazing reviews and shouldn’t take more than 20 hours to complete. 

Bonus: At the end of the course you will be awarded a completion letter issued by the College to add to your CV.

St. Petersburg College, Florida

This is quite a unique offer, the SPC allows new and prospective students to take one online class absolutely free.

  1. Hospitality And Tourism Management

Choose from courses such as Housekeeping  Operations and Front Office Procedures to Introductory Food Production Management.

Don’t let this time or your passion go to waste. Spend time learning, growing and preparing for the future. Stay safe, and together we can build a better future.