The Institute of Hospitality and Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) have formed a strategic alliance to greatly increase access to work-based learning for bright hospitality talents at all stages of their careers.
The alliance means that for the first time ever hospitality employers may choose from a full suite of hospitality training programmes – from entry-level craft based skills up to advanced management diplomas – at more than 800 approved training centres across the UK and abroad.
Peter Ducker, chief executive of the Institute of Hospitality, said: “We see this alliance as a timely and important solution for work-based hospitality education. It provides a one-stop shop that makes it easy for employers to access high-quality training for their teams at all career stages, wherever they are in the UK.”
Stephen Vickers, chief executive, VTCT, said: “We take pride in providing high-standard and relevant qualifications that enhance people’s earning potential by enabling them to progress into and through careers in the service sectors. We are delighted to collaborate with the Institute, the world’s pre-eminent professional body for the hospitality industry. Together we will work with employers to meet people’s qualification needs, from their first graduation as skilled craft-workers up to their later senior management roles within the hospitality and tourism industries, which account for some 2.7 million jobs in the UK.”
As a result of the new strategic alliance with VTCT, the Institute’s management qualifications will now be available at more than 800 approved training centres in the UK, as well as abroad in Ireland, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Kenya, India, South Africa and Australia.
The Vocational Training Charitable Trust, is a Government-approved awarding organisation which has awarded world-class qualifications since 1962 and has been at the forefront of developing the vocational system of qualifications in the UK ever since. As well as catering and hospitality, VTCT’s full qualification package includes sport, leisure, business, retail and hairdressing.
Like the Institute of Hospitality, VTCT is a registered educational charity and its main activity as an awarding body is also its first charitable objective: to develop and provide high quality education and qualifications for the service industries.
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