The National Skills Academy for Hospitality has announced the accreditation of four new colleges for its professional cookery diploma.
Trafford College in Manchester, City College Norwich, Colchester College and Bournemouth and Poole College have been awarded the diplomas, which recognise excellence in course content and delivery.
The colleges were awarded the accreditation at a House of Commons reception yesterday (9 July), which brought the total number of accredited colleges to eight.
The Academy's approved training courses also cover advanced apprenticeships, the Compass Junior Chefs Academy and chef master classes, with each designed to help fill skills shortages in management and leadership, customers service and chefs.
Bob Cotton, chairman of the National Skills Academy for Hospitality and chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, warned the skills shortage was the biggest challenge facing the hospitality industry.
He said: "Between 750,000 and one million people are set to be recruited in the sector in the coming 12 months.
"The Academy is creating national benchmarks in hospitality training so that these recruits and existing team members can take advantage of the best programmes in the industry, providing a real opportunity to move hospitality up the political agenda."
By Emma White
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