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Hospitality Apprenticeships Week

18 October 2021 – 22 October 2021 08:00 – 15:00

We are pleased to support the hospitality sector which has launched the Hospitality Apprenticeships Week 2021!

Running from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd October, the week aims to provide a fresh opportunity to celebrate apprenticeships in the sector. Hospitality Apprenticeships Week will bring the whole hospitality community together to showcase the positive differences that apprenticeships can make to individuals, promoting our sector as a viable and exciting career route and showing that a career in hospitality is #MoreThanAJob.

The hospitality industry has had a challenging 18 months and we are finally starting to get back on the road to recovery. Whilst the pandemic showed some vulnerabilities of the sector, it also highlighted how resilient and committed we are during times of crisis by coming together to support our communities.

As far as talent goes, we are currently in a perfect storm - feeling the impact of Brexit, the pandemic and furlough. However, this creates an exciting opportunity for apprenticeships to shape the future of the industry. Coupled with this, the government’s Tourism Sector Deal will support the creation of an additional 10,000 apprenticeships for people building careers in the tourism and hospitality sectors. This highlights the essential role apprenticeships will play in the short- and long-term future of hospitality.

In terms of the age profile of our apprentices, as an industry we currently go against the wider trend. Compared to other sectors, a significant number of people aged 24 and over are on an apprenticeship scheme in hospitality with fewer from the 16-18 age group. This provides an opportunity for the hospitality sector to come together and engage more with school and college leavers to offer hospitality as an exciting career choice. In doing this, we hope to highlight the vast career opportunities for younger generations and make waves to not only reduce the skills gap but also build the workforce of tomorrow.

 

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