People 1st calls on employers to speak up at industry event as Government reviews hospitality apprenticeships

By Luke Nicholls

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The People 1st event will discuss the proposed minimum term of 12 months for apprenticeships
The People 1st event will discuss the proposed minimum term of 12 months for apprenticeships
People 1st, the sector skills council for the hospitality industry, is calling on employers to express their views on how apprenticeships should be shaped at a two-day event in Birmingham next week.

The hosting of the event comes following the Government’s recent announcement of the ‘Richard review’, examining the future of apprenticeships in England.

The employer discussion, being held at the Holiday Inn in Birmingham City Centre on 7 and 8 August, will look into all elements of apprenticeships in hospitality but in particular it is seeking to understand employer opinion on the proposed minimum term of 12 months for apprenticeships.

“Apprenticeships are of growing value to the hospitality sector,” said Ruth Asker-Browne, head of professionalism at People 1st​. “Between the 2009-10 financial year and 2010-11 financial year, apprenticeships increased by almost 40 per cent, with the number continuing to rise.

“This period of review is a once in a generation opportunity for employers to mould the framework that will underpin training for a vast proportion of our workforce.”

To stimulate the debate, People 1st recent released a discussion paper​ that looks at the sector's engagement with and use of apprenticeships at all levels.

Companies unable to attend the event but who wish to contribute to the consultation can email their views to Ruth Asker-Browne or contact her to arrange an interview at ehgu.nfxre-oebjar@crbcyr1fg.pb.hx

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