Staff shortages affect all businesses within the hospitality industry, with organisations, large and small, are struggling to attract and retain the talent they need to help their business not only run effectively, but to grow.

HIT Training has launched a revolutionary new campaign for 2019, to help ensure this industry-wide problem gets an industry-wide solution. Don’t Waste: The Future of Hospitality, aims to bring the industry together to champion the varied career opportunities available and implement practical solutions to lessen the skills shortage.

Jill Whittaker, Managing Director of HIT Training, said:

“The year ahead is going to be a challenging one for everyone, so we need to do all that we can to protect our industry and provide aspirational career opportunities to the next generation of hospitality stars.  That’s why we’ve launched the Don’t Waste: The Future of Hospitality campaign. We want to bring the industry together to utilise its combined resources and support businesses of all shapes and sizes to provide high-quality development opportunities through apprenticeship programmes. Together, we have the power to make real change and protect the future of our industry.”

As new research reveals that 65% of Levy-paying hospitality businesses are currently unaware they can transfer 10% of their funds to SMEs or charities in the sector (this will increase to 25% this year), HIT Training is calling on Levy-paying businesses in the hospitality sector to pledge to fund at least one apprenticeship outside of their company.

Leading industry organisation have already pledged their support for the campaign, including Bidfood, UKHospitality, the Institute of Hospitality (IoH) and The Springboard Charity.

Tim Adams, Director of Marketing & Corp Sales at Bidfood, commented on why one of the largest food wholesalers in the UK is pledging a proportion of its Apprenticeship Levy to Springboard,

“We’re delighted to be supporting Springboard’s training and development initiatives by pledging a proportion of our Apprenticeship Levy fund to the charity. Additional capital can make such a significant difference to training capabilities. In fact, the 10% of our Levy pot being transferred is enabling 15 of Springboard’s employees (41% of its workforce) to enrol on a range of apprenticeships, from enhancing the skills of line managers, to supporting business development and programme delivery managers across the organisation.”

 With £1.28bn of unspent Levy funding in the UK and less than half of hospitality businesses which have used their Apprenticeship Levy, there’s an untapped opportunity to use this capital to tackle the skills shortage and protect the future of the sector.

To assist Levy-paying businesses, HIT Training has created a pledge portal where companies can commit their support to transfer a percentage of their Levy fund or download more information on how the Levy transfer process works. The Apprenticeship Levy applies to all businesses with an annual PAYE bill of over £3m at the rate of 0.5% of their total pay bill. Businesses which fall under this threshold must pay 10% of the cost of apprenticeships, with the Government funding the remaining 90%.

For more information on the Don’t Waste: The Future of Hospitality campaign or to pledge a percentage of your Apprenticeship Levy fund to the sector, please visit: hittraining.co.uk/dont-waste.