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Northern Ireland work-based training reform

The traineeship and apprenticeship landscape in Northern Ireland is about to undergo an exciting reform process - and hospitality has been selected as one of just two sectors to pilot the process of implementing new standards, designed by employers.

This is your chance to contribute to their development, and make sure that the standards are right for your business, and for the Northern Ireland hospitality and visitor economy sector.

This reform allows traineeships and apprenticeships to be built from the ground up, focusing on the competencies today’s businesses need in short, concise professional standards for the industry. Sharing best practice and lessons learned from the ongoing English reform, they will be underpinned by qualifications and other relevant training and development activities.

It is proposed that the professional standards below could form the basis for the work-based training programmes for the following four occupations:

These roles do not cover the whole of the hospitality offer - however, they have been selected as the first four, with others following in time.  We need your input.  This will be a staged process, starting with the design of the standards, leading through to the detailed content and qualification specification. 

How to get involved. 

You can contribute in the following ways:

  1. Morning session, 10am-12pm: Chef standards
  2. Afternoon session, 1pm-3pm:  Hospitality standards
  • Attend the provider consultation in Belfast on 08 February 2017, 1pm-3pm

To reserve your place at one of the events please respond to Catherine.Mawdesley@people1st.co.uk or call 028 9089 0313

  • Look out for further communications when the next stage of consultation is launched in mid-late February

This is your opportunity to impact on the design and delivery models of occupational standards which are truly defined by industry.  We look forward to your input!  If you have any questions or would like to arrange a telephone consultation, please contact NIOF@people1st.co.uk