UKHospitality urges government not to delay new catering qualification

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UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls
29/05/2018 - 13:02
Trade body UKHospitality has warned the government that its delay in the introduction of the new catering T-Level will worsen recruitment problems for hospitality.

The first 52 colleges to provide the new technical qualifications have been announced. However, only digital, construction, and education and childcare are currently available.

T-Levels are on a par with A-levels, providing young people with a choice between technical and academic education post-16.

UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The introduction of the new qualifications and the emphasis on vocational education is a step-change in providing the skills the country needs for a more productive future.

“However, although it is encouraging to see the government begin to promote the possibilities of technical and vocational education, it is very disappointing to see the introduction of the catering T-Level delayed.

“Hospitality businesses are facing a potentially very costly skills shortage and employers need support in order ensure that vacancies are filled. Recent industry reports showed that the sector would need an additional 11,000 chefs before 2020 and that almost 1 million new staff members would be needed by 2022.

“With Brexit-related uncertainly regarding the future of the workforce continuing to cause problems for employers, it is vital the government takes every available step to support employment in the sector.

“Clearly, businesses are going to need significant support in filling these gaps and a delay to the introduction of the catering T-Level, if only by one year, will mean that employers are on the back foot.”

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