UKHospitality Gets Behind Apprenticeships

UKHospitality, the country’s leading hospitality trade association has made use of Hospitality Apprenticeships Week 2021, which ran from 18 – 22 October, to highlight the diverse and exciting careers available in the industry, and had encouraged young people to enter the industry via a wide range of hospitality apprenticeships on offer.

Hospitality and Catering News reports that Hospitality Apprenticeships Week aimed to attract young people aged 16 to 24 into the industry, and used the hashtag #MoreThanAJob to get the message across on social media.

The event sought to challenge misconceptions around roles in the industry and how working in hospitality is #MoreThanAJob. Different themes each day will include a focus on different roles, including chef, front of house, supervisory and management positions.

“We are delighted to launch Hospitality Apprenticeships Week 2021 taking place between 18th and 22nd October 2021,” the Hospitality Apprenticeships Week 2021 website said.

It explained that this years event provided a fresh opportunity to celebrate apprenticeships in the sector, and bring the hospitality community together to highlight and showcase the unique and diverse careers available that the ‘fantastic and exciting’ sector offers.

The statement added that apprenticeships can lead to a meaningful and exciting career in the fast-paced and rewarding sector, and completing an apprenticeship can provide young people with a job with training, allow them to be earning while learning, and gaining a nationally recognised qualification.

Expanding on the aims of the initiative, Kate Nicholls, the chief executive of UKHospitality said: “Hospitality Apprenticeship Week is a fantastic way for people to learn about the wide range of roles in the sector, at a time when there are many opportunities to join our post-Covid renaissance.”

She said that hospitality has always embraced apprenticeships as a gateway into roles in the sector, as well as a means for upskilling the existing workforce. Anyone looking for a new job or a career change, she said, would be advised to take a closer look at what the hospitality industry has to offer.

“After the past 18 months, building and training our workforce will be key to the recovery. We are committed to future-proofing the sector by supporting campaigns such as this and working closely with Government to deliver the jobs recovery the economy needs,” added Nicholls.

Hospitality minister Paul Scully said that through the Hospitality Strategy, the government is working ‘hand-in-hand’ with the sector to help it make the most of its creative and innovative spirit, as the sector ‘builds back better’ from the pandemic.

“A hospitality apprenticeship can be the golden ticket to a great career. Hospitality Apprenticeships Week is the perfect time for both new and existing workers to explore all the opportunities the sector has to offer, and for businesses to explore all that an apprenticeship programme can do for them,” he said.

You can find out more about entry routes into the sector by visiting the Hospitality Apprenticeship Week 2021 website.

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