BHA ‘dismayed’ at hospitality qualification delays

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has urged the government to reconsider its decision to delay introducing new technical qualifications in England designed to encourage British people to consider a career in hospitality.

BHA chief executive Ufi Ibrahim has written to the immigration minister and the education minister to express her “dismay” at the postponing of the Catering and Hospitality T-Level, which will now not be introduced until 2022 – a year and a half after the anticipated end of free of movement.

In her letter to Immigration minister Brandon Lewis, Ibrahim said: “We are not in a position to fill these vacancies without hiring non-UK workers. This is due to the fact that the UK is currently at near full employment and because the educational system does not encourage young people to consider a career in hospitality.

“It was my hope that the new Catering and Hospitality T-Level would address the latter point and so I was dismayed to find out that these qualifications have been delayed until the second round, with the first teaching of the Catering and Hospitality T-Level starting in September 2022, a year and a half after the anticipated end of freedom of movement.

“I would hope that your ministerial colleague (in Education) Anne Milton can be persuaded to reconsider this oversight.”

According to a KPMG report commissioned by the BHA, the industry will need extra 60,000 workers per year to power growth, in addition to the 200,000 workers needed to replace churn each year.

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