That was the message from Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), speaking at today’s National Licenced Hospitality Apprenticeship Summit in Leicestershire, organised and hosted by the BII.
"Apprenticeships are essential for young people entering the trade,” said Simmonds. “A well-trained and highly motivated workforce will improve standards and add value to the sector.
“But the Government must help the industry to create these opportunities for young people, with a better business environment, lower taxes and less red tape. Pubs are small businesses working in local communities. They need enthusing, encouraging and incentivising."
Mrs Simmonds praised the role of UK pub companies in providing training, apprenticeships, and job opportunities. An astonishing 45 per cent of the country’s 600,000 pub employees are under 25, she said - so apprenticeships and training to create career progression and a motivated workforce, are vital.
Today’s inaugural Summit was set up by the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and supported by the BBPA and the Association of Licenced Multiple Retailers (ALMR). Its aim is to demonstrate how apprenticeships can provide a motivated workforce in the hospitality industry.