New kitemark accreditation recognises hospitality training

A new accreditation by the Hospitality Guild and People 1st will now highlight good training and career development opportunities.

The new kitemark system will boost businesses that invest money and time into training their staff. Various firms, such as the Spirit Pub Company, have already been kitemarked for their various training initiatives and it is hoped that many other businesses will follow in promoting training to staff members.

The accreditation was developed by skills group People 1st, following a recent report which argued that training was vital for staff retention in the hospitality field. Annette Allmark, head of professional standards at People 1st, said: “We’ve been working to raise professional standards in the industry for a number of years and while we know of a number of employers who really do offer their team members fantastic training and career development opportunities, there was really nothing that recognised this officially.

“Businesses can have either individual training courses or entire training programmes endorsed and it has proven extremely popular, with two employer programmes already kitemarked.”

Companies will be able to offer training programmes either in entry-level positions or for existing employees who want to build their hospitality careers all the way to management level. Ms Allmark went on to say that it has been clear for several years that the industry needs to do more to promote the vast career opportunities available, and this new system will recognise high-quality training courses that will help people along the way, while keeping employees satisfied and interested in their jobs.

If a company believes that they have an individual training course or an entire programme that should be recognised and kitemarked, they can get more information about the scheme and submit their applications online here.

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