More than 200 hospitality apprentices are set to showcase their skills at the House of Commons during National Apprenticeship Week. The event, which is in its third year and has doubled in size, will see apprentices from companies including Mitchells & Butlers, Greene King, Beds and Bars, and Casual Dining Group meet MPs, ministers and government officials on Wednesday, 6 March to discuss their careers and the range of opportunities available in the hospitality sector.
Keith Knowles, chairman of Perception Group, which organises the event, said: “For too long hospitality has been seen as a low-paid, low-skilled and career-limiting option for young people. Today there are clear bar to boardroom career policies that enable progression within businesses large and small. This year, 200-plus apprentices will tell their story. The sector has changed dramatically in terms of opportunity, investment and innovation and now represents 10% of UK employment, 6% of businesses, 5% of GDP and creates one in eight of all jobs. It is vital government better understands the scope and breadth of the industry and the huge contribution we make.”