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Growing Talent in the Hospitality and Tourism Sectors

Hospitality and Visitor Economy

4th April 2023

On Tuesday 4th April the Local Skills Improvement Plan teamed up with Le Manoir aux Q’uat Saisons for a round table event focused on the Hospitality sector.

During the morning we heard from Sarah Powell, HR Director at Le Manoir, Nikhil Malhotra Group Head of Recruitment at Thomas Franks and Chris Harber, Head of Immigration at Boyes Turner, all presenting on the current challenges within the sector alongside some fantastic success stories.

The breakout groups were able to offer more granular information to feed into the LSIP team, the emerging theme being that basic employability skills are often what is required alongside a willingness to learn, as opposed to formal qualifications . Equally, the employers in the room accepted that they needed to be more visible around the breadth of opportunity and potential for career progression in the industry. All agreed that improvements in communication between local education providers and employers needed better facilitation.

Notes were raised around the need for simplification of both work experience opportunities and apprenticeships, cutting down on red tape. Whilst the conversation could have continued all day, we were treated to a tour of the hotel, the kitchens and wonderful gardens.

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