Vocational Education

For National Apprenticehip Week HIT Training talks through the steps employers can follow to hire an apprentice


What to consider when hiring an apprentice

By Jill Whittaker

At the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2016 Jill Whittaker, managing director of HIT Training discusses considerations for hospitality businesses when hiring an apprentice. 

Paul Mannering, HIT Chef Academy principal

New Chef Academy to tackle skills shortage

By Sophie Witts

A new chef training academy is aiming to tackle the industry skills shortage and continue to build on the UK’s Michelin success in to the next generation.

The academy launches on the 14 July and will have seven UK Malmaison chefs teaching there.

Malmaison launches Chef Academy

By Lauren Houghton

Malmaison Hotels has partnered with HIT Training to launch the Malmaison Chef Academy which aims to have chefs from their hotels nurture young industry talent. 

Hotels, restaurants and pubs - and Boris Johnson - have supported National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week 2014: Hospitality leads the way

By Luke Nicholls

As the seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, BigHospitality has heard from an array of hotels, restaurants and pubs - and even Boris Johnson – all pledging their support for the initiative.

The VQ Day awards celebrate vocational training and excellence

VQ Day awards to celebrate vocational education

By Carina Perkins

Hospitality businesses are being encouraged to enter the VQ Employer of the Year awards 2014, which recognise employers that promote the value of vocational qualifications in the workplace.

Chef apprentices from Greene King and Spirit Pub Company prepared a selection of canapes for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and other VIPs at the Made by Apprentices event on Wednesday

National Apprenticeship Week 2013: Hospitality industry shines

By Luke Nicholls

As the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, an array of hotels, restaurants and pubs – and even Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg – have supported the initiative which promotes the positive impact that apprenticeships can have on...

Accor, owner of the Novotel brand, is one of the hotel groups who has pledged to boost the number of apprenticeships on offer to young people to help develop the hotel managers of the future

Accor and Travelodge pledge to offer more apprenticeships

By Emma Eversham

Hotel companies Accor and Travelodge are among the firms who have offered to increase the number of apprenticeships they offer following a call by the organisers of National Apprenticeship Week for firms to employ more apprentices to help boost the economy....

The Tennent's Training Academy Modern Apprenticeship  is open to young chefs under the age of 25 in full-time employment in Scotland

Tennent's launches unique apprenticeship for Scottish chefs

By Luke Nicholls

Tennent’s Training Academy, situated on the site of Tennent’s Brewery in Glasgow, has launched a new, innovative Modern Apprentice training program for young chefs across Scotland in a bid to raise the standards of kitchen staff across the nation.

Gerard Lenehan, a bar tender at Brown's Covent Garden gives tips to apprentice Shamir Reid-Thomas who has been recruited at Brown's Islington

Browns launches £150k apprenticeship scheme

By Emma Eversham

Mitchells & Butlers restaurant brand Browns has invested £150k in launching an apprenticeship scheme in a bid to help address the staff shortage across the sector and better develop its staff for the future. 

Ann Robertson and Matthew Ingram, the first two apprentices to complete the BII's Licensed Hospitality Apprenticeship Level 2 training scheme

Training for consistency: pubs

By Emma Eversham

As is the case with restaurants and hotels, the pub sector is made up of a range of varying sizes of business, from the individually-owned freehold pub employing a handful of staff members, to the multi-site operator with thousands of recruits. 

Blue Training UK led by Philip Healey (far right) has completed the purchase of The Bower Hotel and will open a hospitality training academy on site

Hospitality training provider buys Manchester hotel

By Peter Ruddick

Blue Training UK has acquired the Bower Hotel in Chadderton, Greater Manchester, and will take over the day to day running of the hotel as well as launching a new catering and hospitality academy for young people in the area on the same site.

The new hospitality apprenticeship from the De Vere academy has been drawn in consultation with the National Apprenticeship Scheme (NAS)

New hospitality apprenticeship scheme from De Vere Academy

By Peter Ruddick

Young people looking to build a career in restaurants, hotels and pubs and bars will be able to get access to a new apprenticeship scheme from 1 February 2012, The De Vere Academy of Hospitality have announced.

Revolution's head of food operations Ioan Eyton-Jones (far right) wants to see food sales rise 25 per cent in six months

Revolution vodka bar chain aims to increase diner numbers

By Emma Eversham

Vodka bar chain Revolution has unveiled plans to attract more diners to its 66 venues across the UK by introducing a raft of food-focused measures including an extended menu and training for all kitchen and front-of-house staff.

Pub staff can now enter the industry through an apprenticeship with the BII and People 1st

BII launches first apprenticeships for pubs

By Emma Eversham

Professional licensing body The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has launched the first apprenticeship programme for the pub sector to help fill a skills gap identified by the industry.

Catering courses for those over 19 will have less funding available under government plans

Adult catering courses face funding cuts

By Emma Eversham

Adult catering courses are among those facing funding cuts as the government plans to reduce budgets by an average of 16 per cent to further education colleges

Students at the Academy will be able to take Professional Cookery and Customer Service qualifications

Academy of Hospitality launches in Stockport

By Emma Eversham

A hospitality academy to help develop the careers of budding chefs, hotel managers and hospitality staff has launched in Stockport with spaces for 60 apprentices to start training schemes right away


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