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Hospitality Apprenticeships Week 2021 to showcase industry as #MoreThanAJob

Posted on 8 September, 2021

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Employers have been called on to showcase their talented workforce during Hospitality Apprenticeships Week 2021 to attract new people and change perceptions of roles within the industry.

Taking place from 18 to 22 October 2021, the campaign will also launch the first ever hospitality apprenticeships hub, which is hosted by the industry support platform CareerScope. Launching later this month, the hub will be a one stop shop for careers advice and apprenticeship opportunities, with thousands of live roles, as well as sector pathway guides and case studies.

This year’s campaign is called ‘more than a job’ and employers can use the hashtag #MoreThanAJob to educate and inspire potential recruits about the breadth of roles and development opportunities hospitality can offer, as well as showcase their brand and current apprenticeship vacancies.

There will be a different theme each day during Hospitality Apprenticeships Week showcasing hospitality apprenticeships and the different career pathways available. They are:

  • Monday - hospitality and apprenticeships: busting the myths
  • Tuesday - hospitality job roles: chef
  • Wednesday - hospitality job roles: front of house
  • Thursday - hospitality job roles: supervisors and management
  • Friday - join us: be part of our team

An employer campaign toolkit, social assets, suggested posts and campaign ideas can be downloaded here.

The campaign has been developed by the Hospitality Apprenticeships Steering Group, which is made up of some of the industry’s biggest employers, training providers, key industry trade bodies and government representatives in the UK.

Chris Gamm, chief executive of hospitality charity Springboard, one of the organisations behind the campaign and the CareerScope hub, said: “It’s well known that hospitality needs to attract more home-grown talent to address the current staffing shortages and ensure there is a sustainable talent pipeline for many years to come. Hospitality Apprenticeships Week is a brilliant way to showcase the industry and your business to your customers and followers, show what a fun and dynamic industry it is to work in, and the brilliant opportunities it offers to develop and build a career.”

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality and member of the steering group, 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 the sector’s post-Covid renaissance. Hospitality has embraced apprenticeships as a gateway into roles as well as for upskilling its existing workforce. Anyone looking for a new job or a change of career would do well to take a look at what the sector has to offer. With furlough coming to an end from October and a shortage of staff in the sector, this is perfect timing.”

The Hospitality Apprenticeships Steering Group comprises representatives of the following organisations:

  • British Beer & Pub Association
  • CH&Co
  • City & Guilds
  • Department for business, energy and industrial strategy
  • Department for culture, media and sport
  • Greene King
  • HIT Training
  • Institute of Hospitality
  • Lifetime Training
  • Marriott
  • Marstons
  • Mitchells & Butlers
  • Odeon
  • People 1st
  • Pizza Express
  • Sodexo
  • Springboard UK
  • The Gun Pub
  • UK Hospitality
  • World Skills

For more information, please visit the Hospitality Apprenticeships Week hub at: www.careerscope.uk.net/apprenticeships


Testimonials

It was great speaking to our account manager, Catherine, this afternoon and great to hear that HIT are being so supportive with our apprentices, I found the call very positive in a time of crisis, so thank you.

The Learner’s leaflet is great and being sent out to Apprentices and Line Managers following our communication last week providing a great follow up.

Jonathan Foot - Head of Apprenticeships, Compass Group

McMullen’s chose HIT as its sole external provider for Apprenticeships and vocational qualifications in early 2015 and since then we have found them a pleasure to work with.  Their expertise in this sector is superior and they have proven to be a professional and supportive partner who have a passion for learning and development, which matches our own organisation.

Amanda Walden – Training & Recruitment Manager, McMullen's

Encouraging our staff to improve their skills set and supporting them through apprenticeships and training programmes underlines our commitment to help them further develop their own careers. Offering the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship also gives the Brend Group a point of difference which I’m convinced will help attract new members of staff in the future.

Andrew Mosedale - Group HR Manager, Brend Hotels

Our partnership with HIT has certainly made recruitment much easier in a very difficult labour market and gives us a point of difference in an increasingly competitive environment.  Kew Green has also benefited enormously from well trained, skilled and competent staff who contribute significantly to the ever improving and high levels of customer experience that our guests expect and deserve.

Andrew Tregenza - HR Business Partner, Kew Green Hotels

Apprenticeships allow us to give people a great opportunity to develop a career with us and learn a skill or trade that will accompany them throughout their career and life. We see progression to the Level 4 qualification as key to our strategy of providing development at all stages of an employee’s career with Harrison.

Alex Taylor - Training Manager, Harrison Catering Services

HIT Training has provided such an incredible support to us during lockdown, with regular webinar invitations, videocalls and engagement solutions. Our business focus shifted to learning and development and we managed to enrol 3 times more apprentices on training programmes than before!
 

Anastasia Talatzidou -L&D Manager, Gaucho

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