It’s why hospitality apprenticeships are attractive for the younger generation, particularly Generation Z. For many students and school leavers, hospitality is where they learn to transition from school to work and apprenticeships are an invaluable first step for taking control of careers from an early age. It's an opportunity to earn while learning, but also build the practical workplace skills needed to progress, all while being introduced to the world of work.
But apprenticeships aren’t just suited to young people starting out in the job world. Different levels are available for different levels of expertise, all the way up to management. It means anyone working in hospitality can get upskilled and work towards the next steps in their careers, no matter what stage they’re at.
Like all other industries, hospitality businesses are faced with cost increases across the board - from energy bills, raw goods costs, and overall cost of living. It’s why finding new ways to make savings has never been more important. Apprenticeships bring plenty of benefits for employers, one of the largest being their cost-saving initiatives.
If you pay into the apprenticeship levy, then you’re already paying towards the apprenticeship training and development costs. Working with a provider, you can optimise these funds by investing in a robust apprenticeship scheme for your hospitality business. This funding can work alongside government-led schemes too. Find out more about financial incentives for employers here.
And it doesn’t stop there either. Apprenticeships can improve retention in an industry typically with typically high turnover rates. Employees stick around when their employers invest in them, allowing them to work to their own schedule and climb the career ladder. The many benefits of apprenticeships that both businesses and apprentices receive can improve overall job satisfaction, resulting in stronger retention rates.
Recruiting your hospitality roles
People looking for apprenticeships are also looking for a career. It’s why hospitality apprentices are often already more engaged, with the drive and ambition to succeed. To fill hospitality roles (and find the right people quickly and easily) employers can work with training providers, who can do the heavy lifting on their behalf.
At Lifetime, we recruit over 5,000 apprentices a year, many of which work in a wide variety of hospitality roles. Our in-depth screening process means that we’ll help you recruit the right candidates at speed, with teams that have national reach. We screen the right applicants before presenting them to you, keeping you in control at every stage. Want to know more about how we screen candidates? Read more here.
With a recruitment process that reaches people from all backgrounds, we’re working with our partners to widen social mobility, create equal opportunities for people from underrepresented communities and build a more inclusive workforce across the sector.