Five new apprenticeship standards for hospitality have been approved by Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
The standards have been developed by a group of operators known as the hospitality trailblazer, who have been led by Hilton Worldwide and managed by People 1st. Those involved include Compass Group, Brownsword Hotels, Whitbread, and Lancaster London.
The standards that have been approved are:
- Hospitality Team Member
- Hospitality Supervisor
- Hospitality Manager
- Commis Chef
- Chef de Partie
Skills Minister Nick Boles MP said: "Apprenticeships are a real success story. Through giving leading employers such as Hilton Worldwide the power to design and deliver high quality apprenticeships we can give young people the skills our economy vitally needs.
"I congratulate Hilton Worldwide and members of the Hospitality Trailblazer on their involvement in designing the new apprenticeships."
Kathryn Porter, Hilton Worldwide and chair of the hospitality trailblazer said: "The hospitality trailblazer is absolutely thrilled that all five of the standards that were submitted to BIS in February have been approved, but even more so as it's been a long challenge defining the very important customer facing, generic skills that all hospitality team members, supervisors and managers need in a way that meets the government criteria for apprenticeships."
Annette Allmark, director of strategic policy at People 1st, said that the new standards would help change perceptions about the industry.
She said: "We encourage businesses that have not been involved in apprenticeship so far to find out more and get involved in the on-going work of the trailblazer."