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The Hospitality Pathways project forms part of a ‘cluster of EU and ESF funded provision’ that is aimed at the Hospitality Sector and which is being directed by Rinova Ltd.

This project is one of the keystone projects of an overarching aim to build a Hospitality Academy running alongside and supporting – as well as being supported by – other ESF and Erasmus + funded related projects.

It is split into two parts:

  • Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning by delivering focused training in a range of formats designed to meet the different needs of different learners.
  • Improving the labour market relevance of education and training systems by involving employers in the design and delivery of our provision.

The project aims to build a model which will encourage equal access to lifelong learning for a minimum of 3587 people in the capital, currently employed or wishing to enter the hospitality industry, via a network of 200+ hospitality employers.

This project aims to provide an innovative, flexible and tailored programme of provision, uniquely designed and delivered collaboratively between training specialists and employers, to meet the sector needs and to provide employees and potential employees with the best possible opportunity to progress their hospitality careers.

Before the Coronavirus pandemic, the UK Hospitality industry was already beginning to struggle on a number of fronts.

Firstly, there was a skills shortage, with The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) reporting that employers in the hospitality sector are:

  • the second most likely to report a shortage of candidates for temporary jobs; and
  • the third most likely to report a shortage of candidates for permanent roles

Almost half (49%) of employers in the hotel and restaurant sector cited the quality of applicants as a main reason for hard-to-fill vacancies, with soft skills such as communication, teamwork, resilience, and practical skills being the most commonly cited by employers as being barriers to either recruitment or progression.

31% of employers reported a low number of applicants with the required skills, a further 13% reported a lack of work experience amongst applicants and finally 7% stated that applicants lacked the qualifications required.

With the full impact of the current pandemic still unknown at the time of writing, it is likely that the Hospitality Academy, and the Hospitality Pathways project will be needed now more than ever. The Hospitality industry will need to build a positive image, provide career opportunities, and give
uplifting and inspirational stories. Hospitality Pathways is ideal for addressing that need.

The project will provide, but is not limited to, learners/employees and hospitality employers the following:

  1. Basic skills delivery – including English, maths, and IT.
  2. Sector-specific skills training
  3. Employability skills training – e.g. CV writing, completing job applications, interview roleplay etc
  4. Apprenticeships
  5. Work experience
  6. Skills swaps and masterclasses
  7. Employer networking events
  8. ‘Day in the life’ tours
  9. Bespoke/European Accredited Quals – a range of newly accredited bespoke qualifications will be developed as part of the programme and will be offered to employers and learners.

These activities will be continually refined, and new activities developed, over the life of the project to ensure continued equality of access for learners and full alignment to employer/labour market needs.

Rinova Ltd is a company, committed to Social Enterprise principles. Rinova’s work involves both domestic and European programmes with a strong emphasis on youth development & training and social impact. The Rinova team specialise in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of learning and skills based social and cultural development programmes, which improve the lives of, and opportunities for, young people.

The Hospitality Pathways started in December 2019 and is expected to end May 2023. It is very much our aim, however, to turn this into an ongoing, sustainable project.

If you are interested in finding out more about this or any of our other projects and/or wish to be involved, please contact us through the contact page.

We look forward to hearing from you. Together we can really make a difference.