London Mayor encouraging hospitality sector to take on apprentices

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, has encouraged hotels, restaurants and bars to take on apprentices in order to boost the local economy.

Talking at an event at London's Covent Garden this week, Mr Johnson suggested that the hospitality sector has huge scope to help those who need valuable training within the field.

He said: "From restaurants and bars to shops and suppliers, the capital’s food industry is a booming trade that has huge potential to give thousands of young Londoners their first big break on the career ladder. With 100,000 apprenticeships now under our belt, I believe this vibrant sector of our economy can play an increasingly important role in helping to swell that number even further.”

There are currently 5,000 apprentices who work within the food industry in London, but Mr Johnson believes that this figure could be drastically improved. One such restaurant that hopes to contribute towards this cause is Brasserie Blanc, which will be taking on at least 21 apprentices in 2013. Trainees will be working in both the front-of-house and in the kitchen under the De Vere Training Academy.

Similarly, the Hospitality Guild has launched an ‘Act NOW!’ campaign that will hold a series of events throughout England in order to bring employers and students together. There will be talks, seminars, activities and workshops that will offer students more information about carving a career within the hospitality sector.

Suzy Jackson, executive director at the Hospitality Guild, added: “We know apprenticeships make a fantastic contribution to businesses in our sector, and research has shown that four in ten employers find apprentices far more productive than hiring new staff.”

The hospitality sector, which employs 300,000 people in the UK alone, will be involved in National Apprenticeship Week, which will be spanning next week.

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