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Hospitality Industry: Qualifications

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL11324, tabled on 9 December 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include hospitality on the level 3 Lifetime Skills Guarantee qualification list.

Answered on

21 December 2020

The new Level 3 adult offer forms part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, which also includes Skills Bootcamps, implementing the Lifelong Loan Entitlement and wider work around improving quality and access to apprenticeships.

The sector subject areas included in the Level 3 adult offer reflect those that align most strongly with strategic skills priorities, meet the labour market needs, and offer the strongest wage outcomes at Level 3. While the course list does not feature any sector-specific hospitality qualifications, it includes a range of qualifications that are valuable across the economy in most sectors, including digital, business management, accounting, and finance.

We have engaged with employers, education providers, industry bodies, Mayoral Combined Authorities and the Greater London Authority to ensure that we are delivering the skills that will best support the economy across the nation and help adults to advance their careers in the current labour market.

We will keep the list of qualifications and the Sector Subject Areas in scope under review to ensure they adapt to the changing needs of the economy, ensuring we deliver an effective offer for adults and employers.

Qualifications not included in this offer will still be eligible for Advanced Learner Loans, which support many thousands of adults a year to access high-quality provision.

The Plan for Jobs, announced by my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer in July, also introduces a package of measures to support jobs across the country, give businesses more confidence to retrain and hire, and provide people with the skills and tools they need to get better jobs.

The government plans to consult on the National Skills Fund in spring 2021 to ensure that we develop a fund that helps adults learn valuable skills and prepares them for the economy of the future.