The Hospitality Guild has launched its first Apprenticeship Awards programme and is inviting apprentices and employers to submit nominations to recognise the contribution of apprenticeships to the industry.
The awards, which are being held in partnership with sector skills council People 1st, are available in a number of categories including intermediate and advanced apprentice, apprenticeship mentor and employer of the year - small and medium or large.
Suzy Jackson, executive director of the Hospitality Guild, said: "It’s high time that the role of organisations that fund, train and employ apprentices is recognised for their contribution to growing a new generation of hospitality professionals."
Nominations, which can be made via the Hospitality Guild website, close on 12 October with the winners set to be recognised in a December event at the House of Commons which will also see the launch of the Hospitality Guild Young Hall of Fame showcasing the work of its partner organisations.
"We’re witnessing a huge growth in the numbers of people completing apprenticeships. In the last year alone nearly 15 per cent more people completed an apprenticeship with a hospitality employer. Over 26,000 people dedicated themselves to a programme of training while at work and tens of hundreds of companies have made these opportunities possible," Jackson added.