Almost a third (31 per cent) of businesses in the sector said they had taken on apprentices in the last year and the interest among restaurant, hotel and pub & bar professionals is rising - 44 per cent plan to take on more people through apprenticeship schemes this year.
The fourth largest employment sector in the UK is currently leading the way when it comes to plans to recruit apprentices. Across all the sectors surveyed, just 27 per cent of businesses are planning to take on apprentices this year.
Mike Saul, head of hospitality and leisure at Barclays, said the industry played an important role in the country's economy. "It’s great to see that it recognises the importance of the role it plays in supporting the up and coming generation of workers," he said.
"We have already seen positive steps being taken to support young people, with some of London’s top hoteliers pledging 1,000 new jobs for 16-24-year-olds within the next two years, and it’s great that there is a drive to ensure this continues to gathers momentum," he added.