Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week, 200 apprentices from the hospitality sector met with MP’s at the House of Commons to showcase their skills. In attendance was Apprenticeship Minister Anne Milton MP and Tourism Minister Michael Ellis MP, as well as over 125 MP’s from constituencies across the country and numerous Ladies and Lords.

In its third year, the Hospitality Showcase unites companies to portray the diverse range of roles within the sector and to reiterate to government the importance of cross-party support to ensure the hospitality sector has the right foundations to continue to thrive in our towns, cities and villages.

Companies and trade associations put on a show with tastings; displays; interactive games; apps and training videos.

Companies who took part include Global Brands; Stonegate Pub Company; Beds & Bars; Greene King; Mitchells & Butlers; Fuller, Smith & Turner; Casual Dining Group; Caledonian Brewery/Tennents; Everards Brewery; Diageo, The BII and Charles Wells.

Attending with UKHospitality were Nandos; Yo! Sushi; Pizza Express; Hilton Hotels and Marriott Hotels. Alongside the BBPA are Molson Coors; Heineken and ABInBev. HIT Training will be showcasing with Oakman Inns, Deltic, Brewhouse & Kitchen, Hydes and Hobsons; with The Ritz, Firmdale Hotels, Park Plaza and The Goring Hotel alongside Umbrella Training.

Keith Knowles OBE, Chairman of Perception Group who work to promote careers within the sector, said:

“We need a cohesive strategy across government departments to help hospitality. Our education system needs to better understand and embrace the career opportunities and the flexibility that roles within hospitality offer and the range of entry levels open to all.

“From traineeships, apprenticeships, to graduate programmes this industry offers hope and scope across a range of abilities. A more joined up approach will enable this industry to develop home grown talent, as well as offer reassurance to companies who continue to invest in all areas of hospitality, offering real jobs that can fit flexible lifestyles as well as create the business leaders of the future.”

Also, in attendance was Candice Brown, former Great British Bake-Off winner and TV celebrity, who owns her own gastro-pub, The Green Man in Eversholt. Having grown up in a pub, Candice understands the importance of encouraging career growth within the industry and chatted to apprentices about her own experiences and aspirations.