HIT calls for businesses to help more young people secure Roles in hospitality industry

HIT Training is calling on businesses in the sector to provide more opportunities for young people to develop their skills and get their feet firmly on the hospitality career ladder.

Mike Worley, hospitality director at HIT Training

HIT’s announcement supports the hospitality industry’s recent pledge to create 6,000 new hospitality jobs for 16-24 year olds by the end of 2014. It is estimated that approximately 900,000 young people in the UK are not in any form of education, employment or training.

This identifies the need for more employers to sign up to initiatives such as HIT’s pioneering traineeship and apprenticeship schemes in order to give more young people an opportunity to develop a sustainable hospitality career.

Mike Worley, hospitality director at HIT Training, says: “It’s astonishing to think about just how many young people are missing out on the chance of a rewarding career because they are unclear about their options after GCSEs, or there simply aren’t enough hospitality training and development opportunities in their area.

“For many, sixth form isn’t a viable option due to getting lower GCSE grades than expected. So traineeships are the perfect alternative for young people who feel more teaching is not for them, but they really want to get ahead and gain practical work experience. Similarly, for those who simply don’t want to stay on at school, apprenticeships provide education for those aged 16+ that isn’t solely classroom based and allows learners to get their first foot on the career ladder, whilst earning a wage.

“Through our HIT Traineeship Scheme, our award-winning trainer-assessors have provided support to many leaners. From helping trainees get their essential maths and English skills up to scratch, to practising interviews and, most importantly, finding them a work placement with a local employer, help is at hand every step of the way.”

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