Responding to the news from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee that too many young people are falling “off the radar”, the ALMR has advocated the licensed hospitality sector’s ability to offer productive career paths for youngsters and is urging training providers and local authorities to work more closely with the trade.
The PAC has today published a report that states that 148,000 16- to 18-year olds in England are not in education, employment or training.
ALMR Chief Executive, Kate Nicholls said: “One of the things our sector prides itself on is our ability to offer dynamic and rewarding career starts for youngsters who are leaving school or college. The ALMR’s employment survey shows that around a quarter of our workforce is under 20, with pub and bar work often a first job for many young people, offering transferable skills and rewarding career paths to the highest levels. Pubs invest, on average, £1,000 per person, per year in training and apprenticeship stars in licensed hospitality are growing exponentially.
“The evolving, innovative nature of the licensed hospitality sector means that we are increasingly finding ourselves in a great position to offer all sorts of employment and training, above and beyond traditional bar work that would normally exclude under-18s.
“Our businesses provide accommodation, food, hospitality and much more. We are experiential businesses nurturing a wealth of talent and there are many career paths, such as culinary or managerial, upon which we can set young people.
“We are therefore urging local authorities and training providers to work more closely with licensed hospitality businesses to ensure that young people do not find themselves without opportunities and allow ourselves to develop and encourage the business leaders of tomorrow.”