Inclusion on Lifetime Skills Guarantee is recognition of the importance of hospitality and leisure in the economic recovery and the acute skills and staff shortage that’s facing the sector.
The Government has announced that it is to add hospitality courses to its new level 3 adult offer after controversially excluding the industry when the policy was first announced.
Almost 400 level 3 qualifications covering a myriad of sectors including engineering, construction and IT have been fully funded for all adults without a full qualification at level 3 – which is the equivalent to two full A-levels – since April 2021 under the £95 million National Skills Fund scheme. A number of sectors including hospitality and tourism were considered a low priority and left off the original list.
Commenting on the inclusion on the Lifetime Skills Guarantee Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality said: “Following recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Education, at which he committed to review and consider UKHospitality recommendations, (the) announcement is a fantastic reflection of industry and Government working collaboratively to deliver workable employment and skills solutions. The addition of hospitality and catering qualifications to the Free Courses for Jobs as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee is a hugely positive and timely development for hospitality, and something for which UKHospitality has lobbied for some time.
“Despite being the nations’ third highest pre-Covid employer, our sector currently faces an acute skills and staff shortage. Hopefully (the) announcement, hot on the heels of a bespoke Hospitality Strategy, can be one of many steps towards upskilling our workforce and allowing people to experience the wonderful, fulfilling roles that hospitality has to offer. Our sector will be at the forefront of the skills and job-led recovery that this nation needs and this initiative will help people transition into our sector.”