The first ever level four apprenticeship framework was designed specifically for the hospitality sector and aims to bridge the gap between supervisory skills gained early in a career and the strategic management skills required to work at a senior level.
The institute has been working with organisations like sector skills council People 1st for over a year on the co-ordinated development of the new Higher Apprenticeship in Hospitality Management.
John Cunningham, director of professional development at the Institute of Hospitality, said the new higher apprenticeship provides an opportunity to develop more of the future managers that will drive the industry.
"The new apprenticeship framework also provides tremendous flexibility with a wide range of different units depending on a learner's background, area of work and career direction," he explained.
"And if they choose the route that includes the institute's qualification they will receive a professional qualification as part of their apprenticeship studies and be eligible for Institute of Hospitality Membership at the end. It's a great way of developing skills, knowledge and professionalism."
People 1st led the development of the new framework and, working in partnership with UH Ventures and University College Birmingham, has gained funding from the National Apprenticeship Service to set up the delivery infrastructure for this new higher apprenticeship.
Ruth Asker-Browne, who leads People 1st's apprenticeship work, said the new scheme provides learners with a clear career path into more senior levels.
By Janie Manzoori-Stamford
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