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Hospitality industry gears up for National Apprenticeship Week

Hospitality industry gears up for National Apprenticeship Week

The Hospitality Guild has joined with partners including People 1st, PACE, the Academy of Culinary Arts and the Institute of Hospitality to deliver a range of events and activities during National Apprenticeship Week, 11-15 March.

The events will be held throughout England and will include a variety of interactive workshops, seminars, employer surgeries, and online activities.

Suzy Jackson, executive director of the Hospitality Guild, said that the events being held during National Apprenticeship Week were designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences. “We know apprenticeships make a fantastic contribution to businesses in our sector, and research has shown that four in ten employers find apprentices far more productive than hiring new staff, while 49% say they made the business more competitive.

“Learners stand to gain too with amazing career development opportunity and a chance to earn while they are getting trained to the standard the employer needs. This is why we’ve worked with our partners to come up with a wide range of activities during National Apprenticeship Week to give employers, providers and individuals practical advice on apprenticeships – whether they are new to the concept or already offering them.

“We’re supporting the Institute of Hospitality’s Passion 4 Hospitality event in London on Monday 11 March, where we will officially launch the new Higher Apprenticeship in Hospitality Management. People 1st and PACE are also working together to hold a learning and development forum in Nottingham on 12-13 March, where issues such as apprenticeships, promoting career pathways through centres of excellence, and sustainability issues will be addressed.”

Other activities have also been developed and will see the Hospitality Guild work with People 1st and employers to offer interactive online sessions and demonstrations, including an online Q&A session on Twitter.

“We wanted to make sure we were reaching out to as many people as possible, so we’ve tried to take part in traditional events and go online as well – that way people can take part even if there’s no event in their area,” said Suzy. “These events are all part of the wider Act NOW! campaign, which aims to help 20,000 people into paid employment and apprenticeships.”

Representatives from the Hospitality Guild and its partner organisations will also be taking part in activities to promote apprenticeships within the hospitality industry including; a Twitter Q&A session on quality apprenticeship delivery; an overview of using the Apprenticeship Certificates England (ACE) system; an event highlighting the benefits of pre-employment training; and an employer and provider briefing to introduce the sector’s new online portal. 

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