The Institute of Hospitality recently held a roundtable discussion on the new generation of apprenticeships. The debate covered the background to recent reforms, the participation of employers in the hospitality sector, and reaction to the apprenticeship levy. We are grateful for the expert input of our debate participants:
Peter Ducker FIH, chief executive, Institute of Hospitality
Simon Tarr, chief executive, People 1st Helen Anzani MIH, head of catering services, University of South Wales
Martin Knight, sales director, HIT Training
Tony Clodd FIH, deputy head, University of Derby
Sally Beck FIH, general manager, Royal Lancaster
David Foskett MBE FIH
Julie Barker FIH, director of accommodation & hospitality, University of Brighton and former chair of TUCO
Tony Mullen, Apex Hotels HR manager for London
Graham Eveleigh, head of skills development, WSH Limited
Jonathan Gray, partner, Pitmans Law
To gain an understanding of the recent reforms to the UK apprenticeship system, read the article here taken from the current issue of HQ Magazine .
People 1st Consultation
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) recently consulted on the withdrawal of apprenticeship frameworks in April 2018. People 1st responded to their consultation and suggested that, where a framework is subject to review and there is a new and approved apprenticeship standard in place, that certain pathways should actually be withdrawn earlier.
People 1st is now running a consultation on this topic. The final decision on withdrawal dates will reflect the outcome of the consultation, so People 1st wants to ensure that employers have had their say. Employers are invited to take part in the short survey by 8 June.
The Institute of Hospitality has formed an exciting new partnership with Umbrella Training to deliver successful and high-quality apprenticeship programmes. Through this relationship, Umbrella Training will become one of the Institute’s accredited centres, delivering a suite of management qualifications to those seeking a leadership career in hospitality.
In addition, the Institute of Hospitality will become an end-point assessment organisation for apprentices who are on supervisory or management-related qualifications delivered by Umbrella Training.
Having the Institute end-assess apprentices not only offers a credible and professional sign-off, but also ensures Umbrella’s apprentices are acknowledged as ready to play their role in the future of hospitality by the industry’s professional body.
Through this partnership, apprentice students will become members of the Institute and gain access to its e-library and resources. A student chapter will also be developed, giving apprentices a voice and opportunity to shape the Institute’s agenda, and attend networking events and CPD events held throughout the year.
Sam Coulstock FIH, business relations director at Umbrella Training, says: “By working with industry experts, like the Institute of Hospitality, we’re able to give apprentices a far wider view of the sector and encourage more students that a hospitality apprenticeship is a viable route to a leadership career.”
Coulstock, who became a Fellow of the Institute this year, has enrolled on a fully-funded degree-level leadership and management apprenticeship.
The Institute of Hospitality’s Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Hospitality and Tourism Management can now be a fully-funded component of Level Four Apprenticeships in Hospitality Management.
Employers can select the Institute’s qualification as part of a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Hospitality Management, thus ensuring that their apprentices’ practical training is underpinned by a robust and sector-specific qualification developed by hospitality professionals for hospitality professionals.
“Enrolling your leading team members on a level four apprenticeship in hospitality is a great way to prepare your staff for their progression into management and support your business expansion. The inclusion of the Institute of Hospitality qualification means your staff will be the best-informed in the business,” says Anne Harper, head of professional development, Institute of Hospitality.
“The new funding regime that is coming with the Apprenticeship Levy means that SMEs in particular can gain significant government funding for their future managers across all departments – from chefs to housekeepers.”
“By asking for the Institute’s Level 4 Diploma, hospitality employers can now ensure that their apprentices’ practical learning is backed up by a rigorous and industry-specific qualification created for the industry by the industry.”
The Institute’s qualifications are regulated by Ofqual and offered by a network of colleges and training providers across the UK.
“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.”
There’s a lot of talk about the UK’s Apprenticeship levy which will be introduced in April 2017. The levy is designed to increase UK employers’ investment in training and apprenticeships and is similar to successful levies in countries such as Denmark, the Netherlands and South Korea.
Whilst the levy will ensure every big UK company plays their part in delivering a new generation of skilled apprentices and industry-led training standards, it will also help the UK government create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. For the hospitality industry, the addition of more and better-qualified employees to an increasingly competitive job market will be very welcome news!
On top of an increased commitment to apprenticeships by employers, the levy will raise £3 billion across the UK, of which £2.5 billion will be spent on apprenticeships in England and the remainder will be distributed within the devolved nations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). The devolved governments will have their say in the development and application of apprenticeship policies in their regions.
So who pays the levy? UK employers that have a pay bill in excess of £3 million will be subject to the levy, but the good news is that businesses will also receive an allowance of £15,000 to offset against their levy payment. Funding arrangements for companies who are not required to contribute to the levy are still being considered and clarification should be available in late 2016 but People1st, the hospitality industry’s sector skills council, believes that the ‘major beneficiaries of the levy will be those small to medium businesses that will be able to access the levy without making a contribution until they hit the £3m paybill’.
Looking beyond the levy to the bigger picture, apprentices bring enthusiasm and productivity to workplaces, they can help improve staff retention and there can be a healthy return on investment for employers. If your business is seeking staff – from commis chefs to front of house staff – now is a good time to consider the benefits of employing apprentices. New apprenticeship roles can be posted from February 2016 at https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
Hospitality employers who would like to learn more about the benefits of employing apprentices can find further resources at People1st. In addition, the GOV.UK website will offer regular updates on the levy and employment matters, but a good place to start is Employ an Apprentice.