UK: HIT Training and the Institute of Hospitality have formed a unique partnership that invests in the future careers of up to 9,000 hospitality apprentices.
The Institute of Hospitality and HIT Training celebrate launching the partnership whilst visiting apprentices who will benefit from the 12-month Institute of Hospitality student membership at Pennyhill Park Hotel in Surrey.
Through the agreement, all of HIT Training’s existing hospitality apprentices and 2019 starters will automatically enrol into student membership of the Institute of Hospitality.
The apprentices will have instant access to Institute of Hospitality resources including a mentoring scheme, webinars, journals, management guides, e-newsletters, networking and awards events.
Alistair Sandall FIH, head of professional development, Institute of Hospitality, said: “It is well-documented that the UK hospitality industry faces recruitment and retention challenges. We also know that unfortunately some starters in our industry don’t stay long enough to build successful careers. First impressions are critical. Millennials want to feel connected. If we give our newcomers the very best experience of our industry and its diverse and exciting opportunities; welcome them and provide a community and sense of belonging; then we stand a much better chance of creating a sustainable talent pipeline of future managers and leaders. For this reason, we are delighted to invest in HIT Training’s apprentices who have made hospitality their chosen career.”
Jill Whittaker FIH, managing director of HIT Training, added: “Now is an exciting time to work in the hospitality industry and with so many job opportunities available, it’s essential that we encourage new talent into the industry and provide them with the right tools to help them enjoy a longstanding career. This partnership with the Institute of Hospitality will ensure that the apprentices we work with have access to a wealth of learning resources, support and networking opportunities in addition to their apprenticeship. The arrangement also has added benefits for the apprentices’ employers who are looking to stand out in a competitive marketplace by offering their staff the best employment package possible.”
The Institute of Hospitality, established in the UK in 1938, is the global professional body for individual hospitality managers and aspiring managers.
HIT Training has supported over 100,000 learners across 20,000 employer sites throughout the country.