Government launches inquiry into hospitality apprenticeships

Ufi 
CEO of  the British Hospitality Association
at Avenue Resturant 
in Westminster , London 
07/08/14
Photographer : Sonja Horsman

Operators have their chance to put their views on hospitality industry apprenticeships and skills development before the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy (APPG).

The APPG has launched an inquiry, co-chaired by Nigel Huddleston MP for Mid Worcestershire and Margaret Ritchie MP for South Down which met for the first time this week, has issued a call for written evidence around the key challenges and opportunities for apprenticeships and how the Government can attract more apprenticeships to the industry.

The decision to hold the inquiry coincides with publication of a critical Ofsted report which states that the number of 16-18-year-olds being taken on as apprentices is as low as it was a decade ago.

Only five per cent of 16-year-olds go into an apprenticeship which the report says “is little short of a disaster.”

Evidence is invited from all stakeholders across the UK including hospitality and tourism businesses, local and other trade associations, representatives of UK, Devolved and Local Governments, Local Enterprise Partnerships, non-government organisations, educational institutions, charities and community groups.

The Group was established earlier this year to enhance local economies through promoting measures and incentives, including a reduction of VAT on tourism, which would increase visitor numbers and investment in the regions.

The British Hospitality Association serves as the secretariat to the APPG.

Nigel Huddleston MP, co-chair of the APPG said: “Job creation is crucial to improving the UK’s economy and the potential within the hospitality and tourism industry is enormous.

“The call for written evidence is an exciting opportunity for businesses to have their say on how the Government can improve skill development and attract more apprenticeships to industry.”

Margaret Ritchie MP, co-chair of the APPG said: “Our tourism industry is a great economic driver and opens up many opportunities for our young people and those seeking a change in their career path.

“I am delighted that the APPG’s first inquiry will focus on apprenticeships and skill development within the hospitality and tourism sector.

“We look forward to receiving written evidence from interested individuals and organisations.”

Ufi Ibrahim, pictured above, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, said: “The BHA welcomes the APPG’s first inquiry on skills and apprenticeships in the visitor economy.

“As the organisation representing the UK’s 4th largest employer – 14 per cent of the total employment – we look to this enquiry and the APPG to influence the policy reforms needed up-skill Britain through hospitality and tourism.

“As the secretariat for the Visitor Economy APPG, the BHA will encourage and facilitate the active participation of the private sector in this inquiry.”

The closing date for submissions is Friday 13 November 2015.

Grand Union goes the concessions route at ninth London venue

Grand Union will be opening its ninth restaurant and bar site in Wapping next year, but this time with a completely different ‘multi-faceted’ partner approach.

A 6,300 sq ft site has been earmarked by the company at the ne Land Securities development, Thomas More Square.

Grand Union is inaugurating a ‘Concessionary Partners’ concept that will include an artisan coffee shop and a barber shop, with further additions to be announced soon.

Grand Union CEO Adam Marshall said it will be a “multi-faceted environment not yet seen in the industry”.

“We’ve taken inspiration from the top players in partnership concepts. Seven months in the making and we’re ecstatic to play a small part in further developing, what in my opinion is the greatest food and drinks capital.”

Grand Union has plans to expand across the capital and nationwide.

Grand Union Wapping is expected to open in May 2016.

 

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