Hospitality businesses are being urged to submit their support to a bid for a share of a £250m skills pot.
Hospitality Guild and People 1st are co-ordinating an industry-wide bid for cash from the Employer Ownership Fund. They are asking for employers to submit words of support for the bid, which will be submitted on 28 March 2013, to increase its chance of success.
If the bid is successful is will enable continued investment in qualifications and training programmes, accreditations and online information sources.
Hospitality Guild executive director Suzy Jackson said it was critical that the industry got behind the bid.
She added: "If we are unsuccessful in establishing an Industrial Partnership, we believe it will be harder for individual employers to access Government funding. The Government does not recognise our sector as critical to growth, compared with aerospace or advanced manufacturing, but the credibility of hospitality and tourism to not only buck the economic trend, but support the UK out of recession, is significant.
"The money is there and we have the expertise and credibility to present a compelling pitch, but we need support from as many employers as possible to unlock this vital funding for skills development."
Employers can back the bid by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org