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We’ve spoken at length about the challenges facing the hospitality industry in light of Brexit and the need for the industry as a whole, including organisations like ours, to better promote the career opportunities within it.

Despite the many benefits such a career offers – from flexible working hours to travel opportunities and career progression – many people still view the hospitality industry as a stop gap on the way to something more ‘permanent’.

As an industry, hospitality is fortunate to enjoy low unemployment levels However, there is also a high turnover in more public facing roles like waiters and receptionists, which are usually filled by young people, school leavers and people looking for work experience before heading onto something else.

Changing perceptions then is one of the biggest challenges we face. We talk about careers within hospitality being worthwhile and there is of course the option to progress – in fact, the hospitality industry offers progression opportunities like no other, so just what career options are there?

Many people actively studying for a career in hospitality will largely be working towards senior operational roles, such as hotel or catering management, event planning and other high-end, but still essentially public-facing, roles.

So what about those people who have not specifically trained for a hospitality role? Those studying business, law or even engineering at university? Not many of those students would turn to hospitality as the industry for them.

But the hospitality industry offers a range of roles from finance to IT and analytics, marketing to HR and even engineering, law and design; highly-skilled jobs which offer people the chance to develop skills that will help them throughout their employment.

Yet despite this, earlier this year hospitality was removed by the Department for Education (DfE) from the subject area for the new T-Level qualifications, due to its perceived lack of a “substantial body of technical knowledge”.

The qualifications, which were first announced in 2016, have been designed to transform technical education in the UK, in order to “deliver a generation of home-grown talent” post-Brexit. The first three T levels have been announced in Digital, Construction and Education and Childcare.

As an organisation we are committed to improving education within the industry, helping people to gain and develop the skills they need to further their career. Our Financial Management and Revenue Management programmes provide the first step towards pursuing a career in business and finance in hospitality.

Our course content is based on best practice within the sector meaning that the skills learnt by our students are transferrable throughout the finance and revenue industries. With enrolment starting in both March and September, the flexible, online courses offers opportunities throughout the year for people to take advantage of developing their skills and furthering their careers.  

The HOSPA Education and Training Programmes in Financial Management and Revenue Management both follow the guidance and recommendations of the Uniform System of Accounts of the Lodging Industry.

We are also committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), offering our members the opportunity to stay up-to-date with best practice for their expertise.

Our Revenue Management ebook, funded by the Savoy Educational Trust is also available as a free resource for those looking for an introduction to Revenue Management and how it can be used in the hospitality industry.

For more information on our education programmes, please contact the Professional Development Team on 01202 889430. To enrol, please email education@hospa.org or complete and submit the application form online at www.hospa.org/education/enrol

We also sponsor schemes such as the Springboard Mentoring Gems, which aims to give students in hospitality-related courses a career-enhancing boost. The Springboard ‘gems’ scheme aims to inspire and nurture the future talent of the hospitality industry, helping those studying hospitality-related courses at university to build their confidence. 

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