Leading operators to develop national apprenticeship standards

06 March 2014 by
Leading operators to develop national apprenticeship standards

Leading operators are to work with People 1st to develop new national apprenticeship standards as part of a government initiative to improve on the job learning.

Hilton Worldwide will lead the employer trailblazer group, which includes Compass Group, Dorchester Collection, Whitbread and Browsword Hotels.

Together with People 1st they will develop new apprenticeship standards for professional chefs and tourism supervisors and managers.

The new standards will be available from this summer, though they won't become industry standard until at least 2017.

Ben Bengougam, vice-president of human resources EMEA, Hilton Worldwide, said: "Hilton Worldwide employs hundreds of apprentices each year, so we were keen to take a leading role in the development of the new standards while showcasing what a thriving industry we are part of and the fantastic career opportunities available."

Martin-Christian Kent, research and policy director at People 1st, added: "The government clearly recognises that our industry plays a huge role in the UK economy and has made hospitality and tourism a trailblazer industry, so we're keen to make sure everyone is clear about the potential implications of changes to the apprenticeship system.

"We've spoken to a lot of employers over the past couple of years while the consultations took place and got their opinions of how things should change, so we're clear where the concerns are and what areas employers are going to need to look at in future."

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