The Institute of Hospitality has endorsed training programmes that help people affected by homelessness enter the catering industry and turn their lives around.
The catering and bakery training courses are provided by Providence Row, a charity that works with more than 1,400 homeless and vulnerably housed people a year in East London, offering an integrated service of crisis support, advice, recovery and learning and training.
Peter Ducker FIH, chief executive, Institute of Hospitality, says: “Endorsement by the Institute of Hospitality demonstrates that Providence Row’s training courses meet a wide range of essential criteria and benchmarks relating to quality standards and quality learning outcomes.”
Dominic Gates, Enterprise and Training Manager, Providence Row, says: “We’re absolutely thrilled to gain this prestigious endorsement as it’s a fantastic acknowledgement of our team’s great work offering catering and baking training to people affected by homelessness, substance misuse and mental health issues. In the last seven years, we’ve developed a traditional ‘soup kitchen’ into a supported training kitchen, offering people quality training to help them move away from homelessness and back into employment.”
Providence Row Charity has been helping vulnerable people for 160 years. It has been running the Catering Trainee Scheme for the last seven years, having worked with over 200 trainees, food designers, and nutritionists and over 20 professional chefs at Andaz Hotel Liverpool Street and other catering establishments. Providence Row has two full-time chefs with catering backgrounds. In addition, Andaz Hotel Liverpool Street provides workshops and work experience placements for trainees.
The Institute of Hospitality offers an endorsement service to training providers for the recognition of quality professional development and training.
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.
“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 are many ways to work your way to the top in the hospitality industry. People1st, the sector skills council for the industry, estimates there is a growing number of vacancies for skilled managers in hospitality and tourism, and projects the need for an additional 66,000 managers by 2022.
People1st’s numbers confirm there is plenty of scope for job advancement if candidates can offer the right hospitality management and leadership skills. The infographic (right) acknowledges that the hospitality vacancies exist, but also shows that employers are finding some deficiencies in their employees’ skills sets. On-the-job training and further (FE) or higher education (HE) are two ways to address this skills gap.
For job seekers who are interested in obtaining some hospitality education, Caterer.com has clearly outlined the types of educational qualifications – including Institute of Hospitality qualifications – budding hospitality managers can obtain in the UK to ensure they have the skills sought by employers. From apprenticeships for the youngest learners and NVQs to bachelor’s degrees and Institute qualifications, there is something to suit learners of every age and every budget.
To locate and apply for a hospitality apprenticeship in your area, visit .GOV.UK and search for ‘hospitality’ followed by your post code. The results will show businesses seeking hospitality apprentices.
The educational information in this article can get you started on the road to a rewarding hospitality career.
The Institute of Hospitality has joined with Nacro, the crime reduction charity, and The Clink Charity to produce a new management guide about the benefits of employing qualified ex-offenders in suitable hospitality roles. The new FREE guide, entitled Employing Ex-offenders: Making the Right Choice, confirms that in the UK over 10 million people have a criminal record – ranging from driving offences and non-custodial sentences to more serious sentences – and chances are some of these 10 million may already be in your employ.
There are numerous benefits to employing ex-offenders, who are often found to have very positive employee traits such as honesty and reliability. In addition, giving ex-offenders a second chance means that their re-offending is significantly reduced. This presents a significant benefit for employers, ex-offenders and for society as a whole.
We’ve all heard about the growing skills shortage faced by the hospitality businesses. The Clink Charity has responded by training well-qualified chefs, kitchen and front of house staff for new roles in The Clink’s own gardens, kitchens and four restaurants. This training provides offenders with the skills needed to function in the real world. Once The Clink’s graduates are available for work, they are mentored, monitored and supported by The Clink to ensure their success with new employers. The industry’s burgeoning need for new talent means The Clink’s innovative rehabilitation programme not only works, it can address serious staff shortages in the UK.
Please download the new guide to learn more about how ex-offenders could be the answer to your hospitality business’s staffing needs. Nacro and The Clink are ready to assist any hospitality business every step of the way and this brief management guide is the first step in understanding how easy it can be to change a life.
A recent article in The Caterer highlighted the UK hospitality industry’s increasing demand for qualified chefs, including the projected need to recruit 11,000 chefs by 2022. The Institute’s latest management guide proposes a sensible solution to this pressing problem of hospitality vacancies: hiring trained ex-offenders. An estimated 10 million people in the UK have a criminal record – ranging from driving citations to more serious infractions. Hospitality employers can’t afford to ignore this sizeable pool of candidates, the majority of whom are eager to find employment and avoid re-offending.
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 Hospitalityand check-in for a some fantastic career information.