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People 1st and Skills Minister recognise apprenticeship trailblazers at Hospitality House

On Monday 2 February, People 1st welcomed Nick Boles MP, Skills Minister and Mike Freer MP, Finchley and Golders Green, to its flagship training and development facility, Hospitality House.
Both MPs were on site to discuss People 1st’s role in managing apprenticeship trailblazers across the hospitality, travel and tourism, retail and passenger transport industries and to see Hospitality House and its students in action.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “Apprenticeships are a real success story, with more than 2.1 million started in this Parliament alone. I met employers from across the retail and hospitality sector who now have the power to develop high-quality apprenticeships as well as young people who are learning the specific skills and experience they will need for a career in the industry.””

People 1st’s managing director, Simon Tarr added: “It was our great pleasure to give Nick Boles and Mike Freer a taste of the exceptional hospitality on offer at Hospitality House and an opportunity to meet employers from the sector’s trailblazers that are leading on the apprenticeship reforms. It’s fantastic to see apprenticeships so high on the government’s skills agenda and to play a central role in facilitating the employer driven apprenticeship standards being developed through trailblazers.”

“We’ve been managing the trailblazers for our industries, working in partnership with over 150 businesses including some of the country’s most innovative companies to deliver the new apprenticeship standards. It is our role to develop solutions that increase performance through people and we feel strongly that these apprenticeships will address recruitment and retention issues and see some excellent results in the very near future. The employers we have been working with have been energised by the opportunity to craft a system that truly reflects their needs.””

Kathryn Porter, Chair of the Hospitality Trailblazer and Divisional Resourcing Director, Hilton Worldwide, commented “As the new system takes shape, it is critical that employers retain control and ownership of it to ensure that it meets the future needs of our industries. People 1st play an important role to co-ordinate the system on behalf of employers and we hope that they can continue to do so.”

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