Welcome to the Hospitality Apprenticeship Week Resource page
From Monday 5th – Friday 9th August, the Hospitality Sector with the support of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) will be running its very first industry-focussed apprenticeship week. This inaugural event aims to provide a fresh opportunity to celebrate apprenticeships in the sector and to bring the whole hospitality community together to showcase the positive differences that apprenticeships can make to individuals, to their employers and the wider economy.
The hospitality industry offers some of the most exciting, diverse and rewarding careers in the U.K. It is the 3rd largest sector, employing more than 3.2 million people across every community and it continues to grow. With forecasts identifying the need for an additional 1 million employees over the next two years, we need to consider how these new recruits will be sourced.
Coupled with this, the U.K. Government recently launched its first tourism-sector deal, designed to prepare the country for an expected increase of 9 million visitors per year. Part of the deal will support the creation of an additional 10,000 apprenticeships for people building careers in the tourism and hospitality sectors.
In terms of the age profile of our apprentices, as an industry we currently go against the wider trend; a significant number of people aged 24 and over are on an apprenticeship scheme in hospitality with fewer from the 16-18 age group, compared to other sectors. This identifies an opportunity for the hospitality sector to come together and engage more with school and college leavers to compete as a career choice. In doing this, we hope to highlight the multiple career opportunities for younger generations looking to enter the hospitality sector and make waves to not only lower the skills gap but also build the workforce of tomorrow.
The Aims of Hospitality Apprenticeship Week
To showcase career opportunities to school leavers (16-18 year-olds) who will be awaiting their exam results in August, while also encouraging more employers in the hospitality sector to offer apprenticeships and recruit at entry-level, straight from school or college:
- Educate – show what an apprenticeship looks like in hospitality and showcase its benefits (with the intention of more school leavers recognising hospitality as a career choice and more employers seeing the benefits of apprenticeships)
- Engage – enable the younger generation to understand what the hospitality sector has to offer and that there are many significant and exciting career opportunities (more school leavers seeing the opportunity for a career in hospitality, to help employers with recruitment for the future)
- Employ – share actual job opportunities and bring more people on to apprenticeships or into the sector (more schools leavers coming into the industry, either direct from school or moving from a part-time role and making the decision to join full-time as an apprentice).
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