I refer to your news article on Gordon Brown's Budget (Caterer, 30 March, page 13), in which Martin Couchman commented on how the promise of match-funded cash could help tackle hospitality's skills shortage and attract and train low-skilled women.
The Government has yet to confirm the criteria through which it will distribute funds to support low-skilled women. As the Sector Skills Council for the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industry, People 1st is working with industry on the Sector Skills Agreement. Part of this proce ss is researching industry's skills needs, paying close attention to driving the skills of women in the workforce.
One of our directors is currently in the USA attending a conference focusing on women in the food service sector, with a view to bringing back recommendations for the UK industry. We will be looking for the support of industry in identifying, developing and co-financing initiatives, and we urge operators to contact People 1st with any offers of help.
CEO, People 1st
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