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Shared Apprenticeship Programme

04 March 2014

People 1st

The NIHF has been working with People 1st on the subject of Apprentices. The plan is to run a pilot scheme in Belfast in conjunction with Belfast Met and we are having an information day to recruit employers to take part in the scheme. This will allow us to develop a bespoke programme for the industry. Members are cordially invited to attend an employer information session on:

Monday 10th March 2014
3.00pm – 4.30pm
Belfast Met, Titanic Quarter Campus, Linen Lounge

Who should attend?

Owner/managers, HR managers and or Heads of Department who are committed to:

  • promoting and developing skills in hospitality
  • improving the image and attractiveness of the sector to new entrants
  • ensuring the training offer available to employers is reflective of their needs 

  • About the session

    People 1st, working with the Department for Employment and Learning and the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation, has secured the opportunity to pilot a new model of apprenticeship delivery in hospitality – a shared apprenticeship programme. This information session will provide details on how your business can get involved in this unique opportunity. The apprenticeship initiative offers learners the chance to complete a professional industry recognised qualification, experience three different business cultures by working in more than one organisation over 18 months and make informed decisions about their future careers. For industry, this gives employers a valuable way to overcome skills shortages, create a pool of talented people and address the challenge of finding staff.  On completion of their programme, each apprentice will be able to apply for jobs within the sector, some of which may be with participating employers.

    Participating employers commit to a paid placement and creating a very special learning experience for the chosen learners. All recruitment costs and training for the apprentice is fully funded to include induction training to help prepare the apprentice for their experience.  Additional enrichment activities such as masterclasses will be provided to help learners develop a wider understanding of the industry. Employers will have an in-house mentor trained for free to support the apprentice’s learning experience and a cash incentive for employers on successful completion of the apprenticeship may apply.

    To learn more about this programme and how you can get involved come along to the information event on 10 March.

    You can confirm your attendance directly to Catherine Mawdesley on catherine.mawdesley@people1st.co.uk or 028 9089 0313

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