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.