Sip your way to success with learning from Jascots Wine Merchants

Jascots Wine Merchants know their stuff! Check out their Institute-Endorsed training today

If you’re in the hospitality industry and serve wine, you will enjoy a special series of Tweets featuring ‘sip-sized’ learning from the wine experts @JascotsWine.

Watch the Institute of Hospitality’s Twitter feed, @IoH_Online, during the next two weeks to catch #Winetips from Jascots’ wine educators. Jascots Wine Merchants offer Institute-endorsed wine training programmes which mean the programmes meet the Institute’s rigorous standards for quality hospitality training.

Jascots Wine Merchants has further enhanced its industry leading training offer for its on-trade and hospitality clients by adding WSET (Wines and Spirits Education Trust) foundation and intermediate programs to its portfolio of specialist wine and hospitality courses.

Whilst Jascots’ Sales & Service Training helps staff members and managers to get the most out of their wine list, the WSET qualification offers broad coverage of all product categories in the field of alcoholic drinks, together with the theory of tasting technique. It is suitable for those with little previous experience.

Perhaps more important is how investing in this type of training benefits a hospitality business with the productivity and retention of staff. Jascots courses are proven to be crucial in developing key staff.



Listen and learn every Tuesday: NEW Institute of Hospitality Webinars cover business improvement and professional development

Hosted by hospitality experts, 2016’s new Institute of Hospitality Webinars are a series of instructional, informative and topical online presentations to benefit members’ knowledge and highlight up-to-the-minute best practice. The webinars take place live every Tuesday at 3pm and last about 30-45 minutes.  Watch, listen and learn from any location – your home, the office, a cafe – via any web-enabled device. Get your questions answered by the experts, too! The webinars’ easy access means hospitality professionals can learn in any location.

The Institute of Hospitality Webinars cover three subject areas aimed at hospitality professionals:

Book your free-to-members Institute Webinars today!
Book your free-to-members Institute Webinars today!
  • Business Improvement
  • Professional Development
  • Masterclasses

Since 2014, the Institute has delivered over 50 webinars to help members improve their personal and professional skills as well as their business practices.

Cost:  FREE for Institute Members (Non-member fee: £10.00 including VAT).  

It’s easy to participate in the Institute’s hospitality industry webinars, so book TODAY

MOOCs for hospitality managers from some esteemed business schools

There are plenty of MOOCs (massive open online courses) around if you’d like to study topics like history or software, but there is a definite absence of quality MOOCs covering the niche area of hospitality management.

However, we’ve discovered some forthcoming hospitality-focused MOOCs from one of the world’s foremost business schools. ESSEC is located in the Paris area and in Singapore but its MOOCs make attendance at these 4 week online courses a viable option for hospitality students and managers located around the globe.

Try a MOOC, it costs nothing and could help hone your hospitality skills!
Try a MOOC, it costs nothing and could help hone your hospitality skills!

The three hospitality management courses on offer for October 2015 at ESSEC are:

A further course from a top rated business school in the USA, Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, is also being offered over a 4 week period on the topic of:

Sign up for one or for all four. MOOCs are a great way to build or refresh your hospitality management skills, particularly when they are offered by respected sources like ESSEC and Wharton.

If you’re curious about how MOOCs have been faring, you’ll appreciate this recent Harvard Business Review article examining ‘Who’s benefiting from MOOCs and why‘. Essentially, MOOCs are what you make of them as a no-cost but very convenient way of learning. Just pick your providers carefully and you should find MOOCs are worth attending.

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