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Hospitality Industry: Employment

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 119847, tabled on 7 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to encourage (a) careers in hospitality and (b) career development pathways in the hospitality sector.

Answered on

15 February 2022

In July 2021, the Department launched the first-ever hospitality strategy to support the reopening, recovery and resilience of England’s pubs, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs. The Government has committed to explore options for vocational training offers that support career paths in the sector, and to work with the sector to raise the profile of skills and careers in hospitality.

The Department for Education has also added hospitality and catering qualifications to the Free Courses for Jobs, as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee. Additionally, we increased employer-led apprenticeship funding to £2.7 billion by 2024-25, extending the £3,000 incentive payment for every apprentice a business hired up until 31 January 2022, and improving the apprenticeship system for employers. 7 February marks the start of the National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2022, celebrating the positive impact apprenticeships bring to employers, individuals, and the economy.