Demand For Apprentices Creates More Jobs
Demand for apprentices creates more jobs in hospitality sector
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An upsurge in demand for apprentices is boosting job levels across the hospitality sector, according to Birmingham-based training provider Positive Outcomes, which began hiring and training hospitality apprentices after seeing a spike in demand from hotels and restaurants over the past year.
Melissa Cribben, who began working as a training adviser for Positive Outcomes over two years ago, said: “Over the past two years, more businesses have started to see the benefits of hiring an apprentice – especially in the hospitality sector. As a result, we are busier than ever.
“I think more and more businesses in the leisure and hospitality industry are now realising that by hiring apprentices, they are going to get loyal, long term staff providing a better quality of service – and this adds real value to their business.
“In turn, more 16 to 18 year olds are applying for hospitality apprenticeships as they are seeing the benefits from gaining a qualification in the sector.”
Melissa’s role involves her visiting apprentices at different businesses to help train and advise them, allowing them to receive adequate help towards their NVQ. At the end of their apprenticeship they will receive either a hospitality service level 2 NVQ award or a hospitality service level 3 NVQ award.
She added: “It is so rewarding to help apprentices and see them achieving their goals. You can see it giving them that extra boost as they know they can get the adequate skills and training to achieve what they want.”
Working alongside Melissa is Craig Shannon, who as an NVQ assessor, is supporting hospitality businesses and providing them with advice. He said: “I have worked for Positive Outcomes for just over a year now but the demand in the hospitality sector has really started to pick up and we have seen this sudden shift as more people recognise that it is a viable career option.
“I used to work in hospitality and I never knew that there was even an option to do an apprenticeship in the sector. It is now more recognisable in the industry and that is brilliant as I can use my experience to help others.
“Being an NVQ assessor is a very enjoyable role. Every day is different and it I find it very satisfying helping and seeing both the apprentice and the business through until the end of the qualification.”
Ryan Longmate, joint managing director at Positive Outcomes, added: “We offer a wide and diverse range of apprenticeships to school and college leavers from estate agency to hospitality.
“Central government’s focus on training and apprenticeships means that the hospitality route is increasingly becoming more of an appealing option. We are hiring more apprentices in the hospitality sector than ever before.”
Sourced from : “Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce”