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Hospitality Work Academy – Firms urged to help create the next generation for hospitality and tourism

Tourism and hospitality businesses in Copeland are being asked to come forward to help create a Hospitality Work Academy to employ tailor-made talent.

The Copeland Work and Skills Partnership, led by Copeland Council, wants to set up a hospitality and tourism academy for unemployed people to help them gain the skills to get back into work.

It has previously run academies for other sectors.

Copeland mayor Mike Starkie said: “This is an innovative way to fill vacancies that has already proved successful in earlier academies.

“They feature short, sector-specific training courses, mock interviews, work experience and support with applications.

“They’re delivered in partnership with employers who have current or future vacancies, and participants are guaranteed an interview at the end.

“It’s great for the employers, who get direct access to job seekers interested in bespoke training – but it’s also great for the participants, who get to find out about a particular type of job and perhaps even apply for a role.”

The tourism and hospitality sector-based work academy would train candidates in areas such as customer service, food hygiene and teamwork.

Employers with vacancies can opt to run an academy  specifically for their business, or in partnership with other businesses.

The academies can be delivered digitally or face-to-face.

Katie Read, Copeland Borough Council’s tourism officer, said: “Tourism and hospitality careers offer different, fun and challenging experiences every day.

“Creating exceptional moments – big or small – is a skill that can be carried forward throughout a working life. Helping people make memories is incredibly satisfying.”

The Copeland Work and Skills Programme is jointly funded by Copeland Community Fund and Sellafield Ltd.

The original version of this article was first published in the CumbriaCrack

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