HIT Training wants the hotel industry to redouble its efforts to identify, recruit and train young people and set them on a path to a rewarding career in hospitality.
The company believes there is enormous untapped potential among 16-24-year olds, and the industry could be a major contributor to helping around 900,000 young people into work.
“It’s astonishing to think about just how many young people are missing out on the chance of a rewarding career because they are unclear about their options after GCSEs, or there simply aren’t enough hospitality training and development opportunities in their area,” says Mike Worley, hospitality director at HIT Training.
“For many, sixth form isn’t a viable option due to getting lower GCSE grades than expected. So traineeships are the perfect alternative for young people who feel more teaching is not for them, but they really want to get ahead and gain practical work experience. Similarly, for those who simply don’t want to stay on at school, apprenticeships provide education for those aged 16+ that isn’t solely classroom based, and allows learners to get their first foot on the career ladder, whilst earning a wage,” continues Worley.
“The hospitality sector still requires even more knowledgeable staff equipped with skills that have been learned ‘on-the-job’. So providing new opportunities for young people will not only strengthen the size of our industry but also help carve the experienced workforce we need for continued growth,” Worley concludes.