New Apprenticeship Standards Welcomed by HIT Training

HIT Training, the largest supplier of training and apprenticeships in the hospitality industry, has launched four new apprenticeship standards.

As part of its commitment to offer the highest quality training schemes, HIT has introduced the Hospitality Supervisor, Team Leader, Chef de Partie and Customer Service Practitioner standards, in addition to the Commis Chef and Hospitality Team Member standards which launched last year. These will be delivered as part of the Government-led overhaul to the apprenticeship system, designed to raise the bar and ensure training is in line with the requirements of the industry and individual job roles.

Speaking about why the new standards are a positive step for apprenticeships, Jill Whittaker Managing Director of HIT Training, said:

“Apprenticeships are the future of the hospitality sector and we’re proud to be among the first to deliver the new standards, helping to reduce the skills gap and broaden opportunities for apprentices within the sector by raising the quality and relevance of training.

“The standards have been created by a group of employers – known as ‘Trailblazers’ – meaning they’re very much based on tangible business needs and have been tailored to specific job roles. Their introduction will ensure that all apprenticeship training is high quality, rigorous and specifically crafted to develop the knowledge and skills required to work in the hospitality industry. We’re encouraging employers to sign up now to take full advantage of these benefits, ahead of the April 2018 deadline when all apprenticeship starts will be switched over from the current frameworks.”

Hospitality Supervisor

Aimed at those working in bars, restaurants, cafés, conference centres, banqueting venues, hotels and contract caterers, this apprenticeship provides the perfect stepping stone for those looking to move into a management position.

edit-for-press-23Chef de Partie

This apprenticeship is aimed at those working in a variety of kitchens, either independently or as part of a small team, and will enable employees to build on their skill set and knowledge of the hospitality sector.

Team Leader

This standard will provide employees working within a first line management role with the necessary skills to successfully manage projects, develop team members and plan and monitor workloads.

Customer Service Practitioner

Intended for employees looking to gain experience in a client-facing role and a range of service delivery functions including dealing with orders, payments and problem resolution, this development programme provides opportunities to quickly progress up the career ladder.

HIT Training will offer a further two hospitality-specific standards which are currently being approved by the Government – Senior Culinary Chef and Hospitality Manager. Unlike the old apprenticeship frameworks, which comprise of mandatory qualifications, the new standards focus on one endpoint assessment which is conducted by an independent assessor.

Further demonstrating its status as the leading apprenticeship provider in hospitality, HIT Training has once again achieved the People 1st Gold Standard for its commitment to providing high-quality apprenticeships to the sector. In addition, the training provider has also been awarded a Good grade by Ofsted, receiving recognition for the contribution its apprentices make to improving their employers’ businesses, its high apprentice completion rates, and its Chef Academies which provide excellent facilities for learners to develop new skills.

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