Peter Ducker FIH, chief executive of the Institute of Hospitality, says:
“From April next year, all businesses will have access to funding in order to develop apprenticeship training schemes. Some businesses with higher wage bills will be expected to pay the Levy.
Business owners and HR directors in the hospitality sector need to be aware of the small window of opportunity to comment and speak out about how the Levy will impact them and their specific sector.
“There has been a shortage of information about the mechanics of the Apprenticeship Levy until now. As the processes for drawing down funding becomes clearer, it is obvious that those businesses which have not yet started to look at the benefits of an apprentice programme in their organisation should do so as a priority.”
“Companies with wage bills of less than £3m should not pass this opportunity up. Ours is an industry where apprenticeships are a very valid way of developing a skilled workforce in many areas of the business – not just the traditional ones. As apprenticeships attract media attention in the months ahead this could become a vital source of future ‘home-grown’ talent.”
For more information contact Ben Walker, the Institute’s communications manager
Tel: 0776 532 0690