Lifetime are delighted to have placed 400 new apprentices in the hospitality sector during August 2021, double the amount of hospitality apprentices placed pre-pandemic in August 2019.
The hospitality sector has been significantly impacted by the pandemic, with industry bodies reporting that 1 in 5 workers have left the hospitality industry since March 2020 and the sector seeing a 12.1% increase in hospitality job vacancies in the UK in August 2021 compared to August 2019 (BBC). By placing over 400 new apprentices, Lifetime are proud to support the recovery of the hospitality and catering sector.
Mitchell & Butlers, one of the UK’s most successful pub companies, with circa 1,700 pubs and restaurants, have taken on 300 new apprentices with Lifetime. Vocational Learning Manager at M&B, Paul Capper said:
“We were delighted to take on 300 new apprentices at Mitchell and Butlers in the month of August, with this number looking likely to further increase in September and October. M&B have been working with Lifetime since 2015 and we are thrilled with the progress we have seen with our apprenticeship programme over the years. We are very much looking forward to continuing our working relationship with Lifetime Training, and many more apprentices starting their journey with us.”
Although hospitality roles and supporting Mitchells and Butlers was a huge focus for Lifetime in August, overall, they had a record number of placements with a total of 574 apprentices and 143 Kickstarters placed in new roles across Hospitality, Business Administration, Health and Social Care, Leadership and Management and Retail.
Head of Employability at Lifetime, George Dee said,
“We’ve been working hard to support our employer partners promote their apprenticeship vacancies and we’re so pleased to see so many people secure new employment. Over 700 people securing an apprenticeship or Kickstart position is an amazing result, and we’re so pleased that we can support the hospitality industry during such a difficult period for the sector. We’re striving to continue the momentum and look forward to supporting many more people with the next steps in their careers.”