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How to find the best talent and cultivate their passion for the industry

As any hospitality employer knows, attracting great staff is tough. Keeping them is even tougher.

With an additional 1.3million people needed in the hospitality and tourism sector by 2024, it’s a challenge that looks set to continue.

So wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple way to find the best fresh talent and to help cultivate their passion for the industry?

Luckily, there is.

A group of leading hospitality employers have been working with People 1st to find and recognise the colleges across the country that produce top quality talent, armed with the skills that hospitality businesses really need.  

Colleges become accredited by undergoing a rigorous approval process to make sure that they’re meeting the standard, and the final decision on whether they’re successful sits with a panel of leading hospitality businesses. They also have to prove that they are working proactively with businesses and that they’re matching their learners’ skills with employers’ needs.

These People 1st accredited colleges are full of young, enthusiastic people who want to build a career in your industry – but they need your help to reach their potential.

There are lots of ways you can develop a relationship with your local accredited college. Offering work experience for students, running masterclasses or guest lectures and providing CPD opportunities for college staff are just a few of them.

In return, accredited colleges offer access to confident, work-ready staff. The majority of accredited colleges operate commercial college restaurants that also have the opportunity to be recognised by the AA College Rosette scheme. These restaurants are staffed by students that are getting daily experience of working in the industry, serving paying customers and everything else that comes with that responsibility.

“As chair of the People 1st accreditation panel, I’m joined by representatives from leading hospitality organisations to ensure the accreditation scheme is truly employer-led. I am proud to say we work closely with 32 colleges that are doing an excellent job of developing their students with the right practical, strategic and commercial skills our industry needs.

“Working in partnership, we’re helping students nurture their passion so they are ready for our industry today and for tomorrow. With Brexit looming, the chef shortage and other industry challenges facing us, we as employers have to find ways to grow and retain our own local talent and what better way to do this than to work closely with our local accredited colleges.”

Sean Wheeler, director of people development, Principal Hotels & chair of the People 1st accreditation panel

To get connected with your local accredited college or find out more about the accreditation scheme, email accreditation@people1st.co.uk.

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