The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) is launching a diploma for the hospitality sector.
The first stage is designed for Level 2 hospitality team members, both front and back-of-house, but will be expanded to cover a broad range of hospitality careers.
Employees will undergo training that leads to the achievement of a recognised gold standard that will be delivered by HIT Training and end-tested by the work-based learning organisation BIIAB, which is owned by the British Institute of Innkeeping.
Apprentices will have the opportunity to sit six modules on:
• Customer service
• Award for underage sales prevention
• Drugs awareness
• Conflict management
• Food safety in catering
• Award for personal licence holders
These modules will be provided by CPL Training and delivered via e-learning online, with the exception of the award for personal licence holders, which will be sat face-to-face.
The diploma is being launched today by ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls (pictured) at the association's annual Christmas lunch at Old Billingsgate, London in front of 1,200 sector leaders, with enrolment beginning in January 2018.
Nicholls said: "The ALMR hospitality diploma will provide the UK's hospitality businesses with an all-inclusive, exhaustive training and assessment scheme designed to meet the myriad demands of this innovative and varied sector. The diploma will also provide employees with the support and education they need to progress within the sector, and will deliver a solid foundation for a potentially long and rewarding career, and a senior role within our dynamic industry."
Jill Whittaker, managing director of HIT Training, added: "We are delighted to be partnering with the ALMR on this great new initiative, which will not only provide both young employees and those new to the industry with the support and development they need, but also a chance for us to show the great work being done in this fantastic and supportive sector by highlighting the exciting and varied careers that exist."
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