The Academy of Hospitality Great Britain (AHGB), based at the De Vere Venues centre in Stockport, is a joint venture between the Alternative Hotel Group and the National Apprenticeship Service who will work in partnership with Stockport Council and Connexions to give up to 260 apprentices the chance to train there each year.
Speaking at the launch earlier today, Sue Price, North West regional director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: "Each year 260 apprentices will get the fantastic opportunity to train in this brand new state-of-the-art centre and begin on their career path in an exciting and growing industry.
"Apprenticeships are the optimal way of training, developing and skilling people for the future, helping businesses secure a supply of people with the skills and qualities they need. And who knows, in the future these apprentices may run some of the country’s finest restaurants, bars or hotels. I’m confident that this groundbreaking venture will be of benefit to the whole of the hospitality sector.”
According to research by People 1st, released earlier today, a quarter of hospitality employers are already employing apprentices and 60 per cent said they would 'seriously consider' it over the next year. Research also found that rising numbers of employers are keeping apprentices on rather than hiring new staff.
The new academy will give those looking to start a career in hospitality the chance to gain qualifications in customer service and professional cooking while gaining hands on experience in a hotel environment.
AHG chief executive Richard Balfour-Lynn said: “Graduates of the Academy will have gained valuable skills and experience whilst studying towards a nationally recognised qualification, making them even more appealing to hospitality employers.
“Our sole intention is to change people’s lives and, whilst doing so, we will build an amazing talent pool of future hospitality stars.”