New and aspiring UK hospitality managers: would you like the support of an experienced hospitality professional?

Let mentoring be the making of you!
Mentor Me helps you discover opportunities and overcome any challenges in your hospitality career!

Attention all new and entry-level UK hospitality, leisure and tourism managers and recent hospitality graduates! Would you like one-to-one support with your career development from an experienced hospitality manager? The Institute’s new Mentor Me programme introduces mentees to mentors who hold Member (MIH) or Fellow (FIH) status and want to share their industry expertise.

Mentor Me is made up of 6 monthly ‘chats’ – from October 2015 to April 2016 – where you talk with your mentor about your career goals along with some hospitality and career topics. These informal meetings are confidential and focus on career growth and skills development – yours and your mentor’s. There could even be some ‘reverse mentoring’ happening where your mentor learns from you! Free mentoring materials help guide the process.

Mentor Me can help you:

  • get focused;
  • develop a professional relationship with an industry expert located outside your current business; and
  • discover what the hospitality industry can do for you and your career.

The meetings last an hour and the Institute provides the mentoring materials via a monthly email. It couldn’t be simpler to invest in your future and meet a more senior hospitality professional who’s been in your shoes and understands the challenges of a new career.

The Mentor Me application form is easy so don’t wait, sign-up today at Mentor Me. We’ve got mentors waiting to help you!


Something for academics who are “New-to-teaching in the Social Sciences” – including Hospitality

Hone your academic teaching skills with the HEA's NEW workshop
Hone your academic teaching skills with the HEA’s NEW workshop

If you are undertaking the teaching of a social science topic such as hospitality, leisure or tourism in the UK for the first time – or perhaps your teaching skills need freshening up after some time away from teaching – the Higher Education Academy (HEA) offers something that can help.

The HEA’s new “New-to-teaching in the Social Sciences” workshop provides delegates with the opportunity to learn and discuss effective ways to balance the various academic duties of teaching, research, administration and support. Attendees at the day-long workshop will explore the effective use of learning technologies and examine different models of curriculum development and approaches to assessment and feedback.

This event will be particularly relevant to early career academics, teaching fellows, technical staff, associate or visiting lecturers, postgraduates who teach, researchers and others who have been teaching for less than two years. It will also appeal to those interested in applying for Associate Fellowship or Fellowship of the HEA.

Throughout the day there will be an emphasis on practical teaching skills along with opportunities to share best practice and network with other individuals in similar roles and at similar stages of their careers.

To book your place at this informative event, go to: New-to-teaching in the Social Sciences

CareerScope’s new video helps everyone prepare for the all-important first day on the job

Whether you are a 16 year old starting your first job, or a mum re-entering the workforce after a break to raise children, this helpful brief video is an excellent reminder to everyone about how to  fit in successfully with the colleagues in your new workplace. Have a look.

Institute of Hospitality alliance with Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) to increase access to hospitality training

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.

For further information contact Ben Walker
Tel: +44 (0)776 532 0690

The Food Information Regulation: it’s not too late to prepare for sharing food allergen info

A 1-2-3 approach to compliance with the Food Information Regulation (FIR)
A 1-2-3 approach to compliance with the Food Information Regulation (FIR)

13th December 2014: the date UK hospitality and food service businesses need to comply with a new Regulation requiring businesses to document and share information on fourteen food allergens with customers.

The Institute of Hospitality has been providing information since 2013 on the forthcoming Food Information Regulation (FIR) but if – somehow – you’ve missed it, you can still get up to speed regarding what is required of you and your business by referring to the materials on the Institute’s FIR Toolbox webpage. The information is a mix of open access (free) and members-only information to help all hospitality owners, operators, chefs and managers get to grips with the Regulation.

The FIR Toolbox, available FREE to Institute members, was compiled by industry experts and explains in an easy 1-2-3 approach, how to undertake compliance with the Regulation. Download the FIR Toolbox with its handy, customisable 1-2-3 Appendices at FIR Toolbox. If you are not yet a member of the Institute, go to our Membership page to JOIN ONLINE and download the FIR Toolbox today.

It is important that every food service business take steps to comply with the Regulation, which will be in place on the 13th December, when you will be expected to provide accurate food allergen information to customers. Environmental Health Officers and Trading Standards Officers will be looking for compliance with the new Regulation.

Check in for a great new hospitality career

The Caterer's NEW Careers Guide 2014 can help you find education, training and employment opportunities...
The Caterer’s NEW Careers Guide 2014 can help you find education, training and employment opportunities…

Everyone in the UK hospitality industry knows about and reads the The Caterer, the must-read weekly for the UK hospitality industry that’s been published for over a century. The Caterer has just released a NEW guide to help anyone interested in undertaking a career or job in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry. The Caterer Careers Guide 2014: Check into Hospitality covers it all, from the types of hospitality roles in the industry’s sectors to the various levels of training available and why to an industry professional body, like the Institute of Hospitality, is so important for career progression.

The Hospitality industry offers plenty of opportunity for employment and – perhaps more importantly – advancement. Did you know “over 1/3 of staff in hospitality are under the age of 25 and…most will have taken their first managerial roles before the age of 30”? How many other professions offer similar national or global opportunities for employment and career growth?

Find The Caterer’s new 97 page online publication in a convenient flip page format at Check into Hospitality and check-in for a some fantastic career information.

Global Hospitality Learning: our Exciting NEW Lineup of #IoHWebinars

Book your seat at a forthcoming #IoHWebinar for easy, informative CPD!
Book your seat at a forthcoming #IoHWebinar for easy, informative CPD!

The Institute has just released its latest lineup of Institute Webinars featuring a stellar group of industry experts discussing the hottest industry topics – from the latest rate parity and revenue management tips and how to avoid dangerous legionella in your hospitality business – to addressing the upcoming allergen requirements for food businesses under the new UK Food Information Regulation (FIR) and working on your business’s “Christmas Checklist” (a must-attend before the Christmas season)!

Each webinar runs about 30-45 minutes, offers a Q&A session with the presenter and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. The webinars have proved so popular that we’ve had attendees from New Zealand and Alaska! Hospitality learning doesn’t get any easier than this.

The webinars are FREE to members and there is a nominal fee for non-members. The content of the webinars makes excellent continuing professional development (CPD) for hospitality managers at all levels.

Education Membership Scheme (EMS) academics are encouraged to book one seat for a classroom’s attendance. To learn more, contact Peter at:

Hurry and sign-up now as ‘seats’ to the webinars are limited and issued on a first-come, first served basis. BOOK HERE