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Government-backed hospitality employment scheme begins in Wales

The Wales skills and employment pathway for hospitality began in Cardiff this week, offering jobseekers career opportunities and a route back into work.

What is the scheme?

The Cardiff pilot, run jointly by UKHospitality and training provider Cambrian Training, is backed by the Department for Work and Pensions and will provide tailored training to jobseekers, with a view to starting a career in hospitality.

Brewhouse & Kitchen, Compass Cymru and Greene King are all supporting the pathway, taking place at the Principality Stadium, with job opportunities for successful participants.

Currently in its pilot stage, successful schemes have already taken place in London, Liverpool, Manchester and Coventry. The programme culminates in a guaranteed job interview for all participants.

Ran by UKHospitality

UKHospitality Skills Director Sandra Kelly

UKHospitality Skills Director Sandra Kelly

Sandra Kelly, Skills Director at UKHospitality, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to bring the pilot scheme to Cardiff. Our ambition with this scheme is to have it operating all across Britain and this is a crucial step in developing the scheme to achieve that goal.

“The pilot schemes in other cities in England have all been a great success so far, where they have provided jobseekers with fantastic job opportunities, and I’m confident we’ll see the same in Cardiff.”

UKHospitality has been instrumental in rolling the pilot schemes out across the UK and bringing the Government, employers and training providers on board.

The scheme aims to:

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    Upskill and match jobseekers with hospitality roles.

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    Offer fast-tracked training and work experience, enabling participants to earn an industry-recognised ‘Hospitality Skills Passport’.

Backed by Government

Jo Churchill MP, Minister for Employment

Jo Churchill MP, Minister for Employment

Jo Churchill MP, Minister for Employment, said: “Latest figures show the hospitality industry is worth over £68 billion to the UK economy, employing over 1.6 million people alongside offering brilliant progression opportunities.

“I’m delighted to be working directly with UKHospitality on the pilot in Cardiff which will help kickstart careers, whilst giving Welsh businesses a recruitment boost.

“I look forward to meeting the next generation of hospitality leaders at their graduation ceremony next month.”

Working closely with the Department for Work and Pensions has seen them provide support to the scheme, given its potential to help people out of unemployment, create a career in hospitality and help businesses fill gaps in their workforce.

Supported by employers

Nick Mackenzie, CEO, Greene King

Nick Mackenzie, CEO, Greene King

Nick Mackenzie, CEO of Greene King, said: “We are really pleased to be supporting the skills and employment pathway in Cardiff with UKHospitality, the Department for Work and Pensions and other hospitality employers.

“Through collaboration, we’re able to create a programme that gives candidates a greater insight into our exciting industry and we look forward to creating opportunities for many to achieve a fulfilling career in hospitality.”

Jane Byrd, Managing Director of Compass Cymru, part of the Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: “We are part of a barrierless industry where often people need no, or very few, qualifications to join. This puts us in a unique position to help offer opportunities for people to develop and thrive.

“This pilot can help people develop an exciting career in hospitality and it’s a great way for us to help attract people into our industry in Wales.”

Jody Bennett, People Director, Brewhouse and Kitchen

Jody Bennett, People Director, Brewhouse and Kitchen

Jody Bennett, People Director at Brewhouse & Kitchen, said: “Brewhouse & Kitchen believe in empowering people through training and creating pathways to successful careers in hospitality.

“This pilot initiative is not just about jobs; it’s about unlocking the full potential of individuals and giving them the skills and confidence to join our great industry.”

Faith O’Brien, Managing Director of Cambrian Training, said: “Cambrian Training is excited to introduce the Hospitality Skills Passport to Wales, as it combines effective collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions, employers and training to equip candidates with the necessary skills and qualifications that meet employers’ requirements.

“Whilst offering real job opportunities, the Hospitality Skills Passport also focuses on supporting participants personal growth and career advancement.”

Attend our Workforce & Skills Event to hear more about the pilot scheme.

This jam-packed event, taking place on Wednesday 28th February in London, is ideal for anyone in the industry interested in sharing experiences, learning from experts and receiving updates on the workforce and skills landscape.

As well as tackling the issues surrounding workforce and skills in the industry, we will also be launching the new Hospitality Skills Passport, a revolutionary new tool that can transform how businesses recruit, as well as presenting results of the Government-backed skills pilot scheme.

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