HIT Training, the national apprenticeship provider to the hospitality industry, has launched a campaign that calls on sector businesses to fund apprenticeships.
The campaign, entitled Don’t Waste: The Future Of Hospitality, calls on businesses that pay the Apprenticeship Levy to fund at least one apprenticeship outside their company as new research revealed almost two-thirds (65%) of levy-paying hospitality businesses are unaware they can transfer 10% of their funds to SMEs or charities in the sector, a figure that will rise to 25% this year. HIT Training said with £1.28bn of unspent levy funding in the UK and less than half of hospitality businesses having used their Apprenticeship Levy, there was an untapped opportunity to use the capital to tackle the skills shortage and protect the sector’s future. Companies already signed-up to the initiative include Bidfood, UKHospitality, the Institute of Hospitality and The Springboard Charity.
HIT Training managing director Jill Whittaker said: “The year ahead is going to be a challenging one for everyone so we need to do all we can to protect our industry and provide aspirational career opportunities for the next generation of hospitality stars.” HIT Training has created a pledge portal where companies can commit their support to transfer a percentage of their levy fund or download more information on how the levy transfer process works. For more information, click here