Hospitality training schemes praised by People 1st

Skills council People 1st has praised the Department for Education's (DofE) recent announcement that it will be launching a traineeship scheme in August.

After the results of a consultation, which was published in January 2013, the DofE has decided to offer traineeships for those aged between 16 and 19, offering them invaluable skills and experience in order for them to progress in their hospitality jobs. The programmes will last six months and are designed to fit into wider learning projects, and if deemed a success, the DofE has already stated that it may be extended for those aged between 20 and 24 later this year.

The new scheme has been praised by Martin-Christian Kent, product development director for People 1st, who believes this could be a great way for any skills gaps to be filled, especially when it comes to the hospitality sector.

Mr Kent said: “Our recent State of the Nation research report has highlighted the need for more people to enter the hospitality industry and develop their skills along a robust career path if we are going to meet the higher skills and management needs of the sector. Employers across the sector see traineeships as an opportunity to strengthen career pathways."

The development director went on to say that if the industry is going to need an estimated 660,200 employees in the next seven years, a third of which being in senior positions, then training must be a priority from the get-go. Mr Kent did raise concern however that the training schemes should not be too limited to an age group and that they may directly not be connected to a specific sector such as hospitality.

In conjunction with this therefore, People 1st has confirmed it will be joining forces with industrial leaders in order to forge a sector-specific training scheme in the near future.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency providing hospitality employment solutions.

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