Qualifications key for hospitality recruitment

People seeking hospitality work have it pretty simple, in relative terms at least.

It is currently one of the world's major sectors for employment and, in the UK currently, it is riding the crest of the wave as the county continues to bask in the reflective glow of an Olympics and Jubilee well done last year.

However, its size and consistency can also be its downfall in the sense that there is often a great deal of competition for positions.

This is excellent news for employers as they will be able to pick the cream of the crop when it comes to filling positions but it places a good deal of responsibility on would-be workers.

Now, for many recruiters in the industry, be it for hotels, pubs or restaurants, the talent available to them when it comes to staffing their operations has never been so strong.

It means, in layman's terms, that you need to be skilled and qualified if you want to get jobs and, what's more if people achieve this then there is a good chance they can go on to secure higher positions.

Arie van der Spek is the senior vice president of Laureate Hospitality Education Worldwide and he told Incentive Travel in an interview that there are real opportunities for workers with qualifications.

He knows what he is talking about too, having spent 40 years as a hotelier in countries across the world.

Indeed, he was recently made chief executive officer of IHG which boasts a total turnover of $1.8 billion (£1.13 billion).

He said hotels are no longer in a position where they want to wait for junior staff to become upskilled, instead they want to hire people who already have existing qualifications to enable them to do the higher jobs.

"The word hotel is an inadequate description today", he said, "the general manager is virtually running a small town."

Indeed, even swimming pools can cause a headache for people, he suggested.

"There are complex regulations governing the swimming pools. It is no longer a case of just throwing in some chlorine."

It's because of this that he believes people should look to achieve qualifications in order to increase their chances of securing a position and then moving higher up within a hotel.

Mr van der Spek explained to the news provider that he is seeing more demand, especially in London where he is opening a new training centre.

"Our training is organised in three categories. These are hotel management, food and beverage and events.

"London is a very important world hub for the hospitality industry and many students will choose to do at least some of their training in that city."

It's perhaps not a revelation but it appears that you need to be more skilled than ever in the ultra-competitive world of hospitality.

However, when you have a foot in the door, you have a real chance to move into the upper echelons of hotel jobs.

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