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Hospitality bucks national trend to deliver 15% apprenticeship growth

04 February 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Pernille Thomsen
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The UK’s hospitality sector is delivering continued apprenticeship growth, bucking the national trend in other sectors.

 Speaking at today’s Hospitality Apprenticeship Showcase in Parliament, UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls called on the Government to ensure support to address hard-to-fill vacancies and review the Apprenticeship levy to guarantee it meets the changing needs of businesses.

 Nicholls said:

“Hospitality has created half a million new jobs over the past decade and has the potential to create hundreds of thousands more over the next ten years.

 “Apprenticeships are a key part of that job creation and starts in the sector increased by 15% last year while many other sectors experienced decline. They help provide opportunities at all levels across the UK and they are hugely valuable when it comes to upskilling the workforce. They help provide real career progression and are key to getting people off entry level wages.

 “We still face labour shortages, though, particularly in hard-to-fill vacancies, and businesses need appropriate support from Government if they are going to achieve more. The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced to help businesses provide more apprenticeships, but it is clear that it isn’t working for all businesses. It needs reviewing to increase flexibility and make sure it is appropriate for businesses of all sizes.”


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About UKHospitality

  • UKHospitality is the new trade body representing the UK’s hospitality sector, established following a merger approved in February 2018 between the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and the British Hospitality Association (BHA)
  • UKHospitality is the authoritative voice for over 700 companies, operating around 65,000 venues in a sector that employs 3.2 million people
  • The body speaks on behalf of a wide range of leisure and ‘out-of-home’ businesses, from FTSE 100 enterprises to niche groups and independent single-site operators
  • For the first time, the sector has a single voice bringing together businesses from all aspects of hospitality; coffee shops, hotels, serviced apartments, pubs, restaurants, leisure parks, nightclubs, contract caterers, entertainment, stadia and visitor attractions
  • Engaging with government, the media and the public, UKHospitality works to develop a robust case on how to unlock the industry’s full potential as the biggest engine for growth in the economy and ensure that the industry’s needs are effectively represented
  • The sector creates £130bn in economic activity and generates £39bn of tax for the Exchequer, funding vital services
  • Hospitality represents 10% of UK employment, 6% of businesses and 5% of GDP
  • Hospitality is the 3rd largest private sector employer in the UK; double the size of financial services and bigger than automotive, pharmaceuticals and aerospace combined
  • Member benefits include free advice and expert guidance on regulation, finance and health and safety as well as savings on services from carefully selected business partners.

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