The new partnership has seen the creation of the Voluntary License to Practise at levels two, three and four – the Voluntary License provides formal training to develop workers from entry-level roles through to becoming strong managers and leaders in hospitality.
The BII’s chief executive Tim Hulme said: “There are great career opportunities within licensed hospitality, but to ensure success and on-going development of individuals, these need to be underpinned by the right education and training.
“The BII is proud to have worked in partnership with the Hospitality Guild to help achieve this through the development a Voluntary Licence to Practise which will have a direct impact on standards within the industry and promote and encourage career progression.
“The pathway will support the development of strong leaders which can only benefit the industry as a whole.”
Research published by People 1st, the Office for National Statistics and UK Commission for Employment and Skills found that only 25 per cent of publicans and managers of licensed premises are qualified to Level 4 or above, compared to an average of 61 per cent of managers across the UK economy.
The scheme will therefore address this issue by creating easily accessible pathways which will facilitate the up-skilling of the workforce, raising general standards of training and education within the industry from Level 2 (equivalent to a GCSE) to at least a Level 4 (foundation degree level).
The Hospitality Guild’s executive director Suzy Jackson added: “We are delighted to be working closely with the BII to develop the Voluntary Licence to Practise.
“We are certain that this will be hugely beneficial, not just for an individual’s personal development, but for perceptions of the industry as a great place to build a professional and successful career with exceptional opportunities for development.”
The Voluntary Licence to Practise at Levels 2 and 3 is now available, with the Level 4 following in 2014.
For more information on the Voluntary Licence to Practise qualifications or accreditation contact firstname.lastname@example.org.