People 1st has secured funding for two projects designed to help improve career progression and staff engagement within the hospitality industry.
The UK Commision for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has committed to release funds for the two UK-wide projects aiming to boost career opportunities for low-paid workers and help businesses better engage and retain their staff.
The workforce development charity has partnered with some of the largest companies in the industry, including AccorHotels, Hilton Worldwide, Mitchells & Butlers, Whitbread and Rocco Forte Hotels, two develop the two projects.
Together, with the help of the partner companies, People 1st plan to develop and test a benchmarking model, that they hope hospitality employers can use to increase staff retention and help transform career progression for the right candidates.
Simon Tarr, managing director of People 1st, said: “Currently 870,000 of the 993,000 staff required by 2022 are to replace existing staff. The hospitality industry needs to attract and retain staff with the potential to progress – something which, at the moment, is just not happening.
“As much as the retention and skills deficit needs practical, workable solutions, it also requires partnership, which is why we’re delighted to be working with some leading lights to help affect change.”