The British Beer & Pub Association (BPPA), the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today welcomed the announcement that hospitality and catering qualifications will be included as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee.
The Lifetime Skills Guarantee enables adults without an A level or equivalent qualification to do a free, fully-funded Further Education course.
The BBPA had campaigned for the inclusion of hospitality and catering qualifications – used in a range of pub roles, from those in the kitchen to front of house – when the Lifetime Skills Guarantee was first announced. It says the move will help the pub sector as it recovers from COVID-19 to help the UK build back better.
Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive, (pictured) said, “Having campaigned hard for it, we are delighted to see the inclusion of hospitality and catering qualifications in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee.
“As restrictions are removed on pubs and they begin their road to recovery, we know they have a vital role to play in helping the communities they serve build back better. The inclusion of hospitality and catering qualifications in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee is a great first step for this.
“Our pubs are on the search for new talent to nurture and develop. People using the Lifetime Skills Guarantee for a hospitality or catering qualification will have the opportunity to work in a sunrise industry and begin a rewarding and fulfilling career that can see them rise very quickly to running their own pub!'
McClarkin close, “For existing talent in our pubs, the inclusion of these new qualifications will help enable them to upskill as part of their career development.”