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  • Carluccio's launches new apprenticeship programme

    Nov

    Carluccio's launches new apprenticeship programme

    Posted by HJUK

    Carluccio’s launches new apprenticeship programme Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s has teamed up with HIT Training to launch an innovative new apprenticeship programme across its restaurants in England. The training programme, which will support more than 80 apprentices each year, has been created to develop and train staff from across the business, to equip them with the skills to carve out a successful and longstanding career in hospitality. Made up of 80% learning on the job and 20% online work and participation in specialist masterclasses, the training has been meticulously designed by the team at Carluccio’s and HIT to ensure it…
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  • Amber Taverns apprentices help local community in national apprenticeship challenge

    Oct

    Amber Taverns apprentices help local community in national apprenticeship challenge

    Posted by HJUK

    Amber Taverns apprentices help local community in national apprenticeship challenge   Apprentice’s from Amber Tavern’s pubs across the North East have been putting their training into practice and supporting their local community as part of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge. Supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, the Brathay Apprentice Challenge invites teams to take part in a series of interactive work-related tasks to develop new skills and showcase their employer by engaging with young people and businesses to promote the benefits of apprenticeships. This year, nine apprentices from Amber Tavern’s planned an event to support the South Tyneside’s Kids And Young…
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  • HIT TRAINING CELEBRATE GOLDEN APPLE AWARD SUCCESS

    Oct

    HIT TRAINING CELEBRATE GOLDEN APPLE AWARD SUCCESS

    Posted by HJUK

    HIT TRAINING CELEBRATE GOLDEN APPLE AWARD SUCCESS   It was celebrations all round in Carlisle last week, as HIT Training in Cumbria was awarded “Best Learning, Development & Training Provider” at The Golden Apple Awards.          The awards recognise and reward excellence in education and learning in Cumbria and were held at an annual awards dinner at The University of Cumbria on Friday 6th of October. Speaking about the achievements of the team, Samantha Addison, Cumbria Sector Manager for HIT Training, said: “The Golden Apple Awards are a wonderful way to celebrate achievements in education and learning across…
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  • HIT Achieves good OFSTED grades.

    Jun

    HIT Achieves good OFSTED grades.

    Posted by HJUK

    Here at HIT Training, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve once again been awarded a GOOD grade by Ofsted. This is following a rigorous inspection process, which took place earlier this year across our 35 nationwide offices and 500 members of staff.   Within Ofsted’s report, our fantastic team was commended for its strong leadership, commitment and shared high aspirations for the learners and employers we work with. As a result, our apprentices are highly motivated and have a positive attitude to their work and qualifications.  We’re committed to continually developing our service so that the businesses and learners we…
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  • National Waiters Day

    Jun

    National Waiters Day

    Posted by HJUK

    On Tuesday 16th May, 300 waiters took part in the Waiters' Race at Hyde Park, London for The Springboard Charity’s fifth National Waiters’ Day! The flagship Waiters' Race was among the activities that took place nationwide for the campaign, which aims to change perceptions on roles in the hospitality industry. A team of hospitality experts from HIT Training attended to advise employers and their staff about apprenticeships in the industry.  Anne Pierce, Springboard’s chief executive, said: “National Waiters’ Day is all about promoting careers in food, drink and front of house roles throughout hospitality - from baristas to sommeliers; maitre d’s to casual dining staff;…
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  • IT’S GOLD! HIT AWARDED PEOPLE 1ST GOLD STATUS

    Jun

    IT’S GOLD! HIT AWARDED PEOPLE 1ST GOLD STATUS

    Posted by HJUK

    It’s a time for celebrations here at HIT Training, as not only have we achieved a GOOD Ofsted grade, we’ve also been awarded the People 1st Gold Standard for the 3rd year running! The standard recognises our commitment to providing high-quality apprenticeships across the hospitality sector and our work to be one of the first providers to introduce the new apprenticeship standards. It’s important to us to always operate with that extra personal touch, making each learner and employer’s experience unique and bespoke to their needs. This ethos was reflected in the People 1st report, with one learner commenting that…
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  • HIT Training Announces Partnership with The Springboard Charity

    Jun

    HIT Training Announces Partnership with The Springboard Charity

    Posted by HJUK

    HIT Training Announces Partnership with The Springboard Charity Industry apprenticeship provider, HIT Training, has today announced a new partnership with hospitality’s educational and skills development charity, The Springboard Charity. The three-year partnership, which runs until March 2020, sees HIT Training become a Corporate Patron and Business Partner of the charity – uniting both businesses to focus on building the next generation of hospitality stars and help young adults carve out successful career paths. As Corporate Patron and Business Partner of The Springboard Charity, HIT Training will be involved in the charity’s core career initiatives. These include the Ambassador programme (works…
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  • OZZIE RULES!

    May

    OZZIE RULES!

    Posted by HJUK

    I recently spent a debaucharous few weeks travelling through Hong Kong and Australia with a famous band. No, really, I did. The lifestyle of such an escapade has the added bonus of spending a LOT of time in pubs, bars and restaurants. So what’s happening “Down Under”?  They’re lovely, no, really, really lovely. Having spent a lot of time in the good old US of A, where tipping (and tipping big) is practically mandatory, one thing that struck me about the Aussies is the genuine and heartfelt service delivered by bar and waiting staff. In Australia, these valued team members are…
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  • New Apprenticeship Standards

    May

    New Apprenticeship Standards

    Posted by HJUK

    New apprenticeship standards welcomed by HIT Training HIT Training, the largest supplier of training and apprenticeships in the hospitality industry, has launched four new apprenticeship standards. As part of its commitment to offer the highest quality training schemes, HIT has introduced the Hospitality Supervisor, Team Leader, Chef de Partie and Customer Service Practitioner standards, in addition to the Commis Chef and Hospitality Team Member standards which launched last year. These will be delivered as part of the Government-led overhaul to the apprenticeship system, designed to raise the bar and ensure training is in line with the requirements of the industry…
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  • A Recipe For Success

    Apr

    A Recipe For Success

    Posted by HJUK

    HIT Training, the leading specialist training and apprenticeship provider for the hospitality sector, has announced the launch of a brand new initiative in the north - the HIT Chef Academy.  On Friday 10th of March, the HIT Chef Academy for Cumbria & Lancashire was launched in conjunction with National Apprenticeship Week, with a special celebratory six-course meal for local businesses completely designed, prepared and served by a team of apprentices. The apprentices involved were Tom Armstrong from The Old Mill Inn at Dearham, Tracey Brown from Marco & Carl in Preston, James Ashworth from The Wagon & Horses in Lancaster,…
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  • Use It Or Lose It

    Mar

    Use It Or Lose It

    Posted by HJUK

    - HIT Training advises on how to avoid missing out on apprenticeship funding - How will the Apprenticeship Levy change things for employers?  “With the Apprenticeship Levy set to roll-out next month, many businesses are still unclear what it means for them and what action they need to take. This is especially the case for SMEs, who may be unaware that 100% funded apprenticeships are about to disappear. “Put simply, only businesses with an annual pay bill over £3million will need to contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning an estimated 98% of UK businesses won’t. BUT, all businesses will be…
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  • How to Implement an Apprenticeship Programme

    Mar

    How to Implement an Apprenticeship Programme

    Posted by HJUK

    How To: Implement an Apprenticeship Programme The 10th annual National Apprenticeship Week takes place from 6 – 10 March, shining a light on apprenticeship opportunities across the UK. With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April, Jill Whittaker, Managing Director at HIT Training, provides advice on what to consider when setting up an apprenticeship scheme… “Pubs are facing difficult times with reports of the number of establishments in town centres dwindling over recent years[i].  Establishments enjoying buoyancy are those which have secured regular, loyal customers as well as attracting new footfall through the door – and a large part…
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  • Cycle to Work Scheme

    Jan

    Cycle to Work Scheme

    Posted by HJUK

    Tax Free Bikes for Employees via the Goverment Funded Cycle to Work Scheme Did you know you can get a free bike, tax free to cycle to work? To promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution, the 1999 Finance Act introduced an annual tax exemption, which allows employers to loan cycles and cyclists’ safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit. This has many incentives for both employer and employee. Employers may reap the benefits of a healthier workforce, reduce their carbon footprint and save on NI contributions, whilst employees can get tax benefits, save money on…
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  • New Years Resolution For Job Hunters

    Jan

    New Years Resolution For Job Hunters

    Posted by HJUK

    5 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR JOB HUNTERS  New Year is always a good time to take stock revise and make new plans for the year ahead. If yours involved finding a new job or changing career, read on for our top tips on how to get organised! 1.Polish Up Your Personal Brand Review how you are currently presenting yourself to others, ask friends colleagues etc about what your strengths are as well as writing down what you think are your positive qualities. Then think about what employers are looking for and tailor your strengths to it. This will all help…
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  • Tax Free Bikes for Employees via the Goverment Funded Cycle to Work Scheme

    Sep

    Tax Free Bikes for Employees via the Goverment Funded Cycle to Work Scheme

    Posted by HJUK

    Did you know you can get a free bike, tax free to cycle to work? To promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution, the 1999 Finance Act introduced an annual tax exemption, which allows employers to loan cycles and cyclists’ safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit. This has many incentives for both employer and employee. Employers may reap the benefits of a healthier workforce, reduce their carbon footprint and save on NI contributions, whilst employees can get tax benefits, save money on travelling costs and a way to get fit at the same time. This…
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  • Apprentice Levy to go ahead next year, confirms Government

    Aug

    Apprentice Levy to go ahead next year, confirms Government

    Posted by HJUK

    On 12th August 2016, the Government announced it is sticking to plans for a levy on employers to help fund apprenticeships (Apprenticeship Levy). This comes despite business groups calling for the charge to be delayed due to the economic uncertainty fuelled by the Brexit vote. Jill Whittaker, Managing Director of Hit Training, commenting on the announcement says “After months of speculation around whether the Apprenticeship Levy would go ahead, we can now finally put this to bed.... What this means is that the time to start planning is now.” In a recent blog post, Hit Training has asked for a…
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  • Congratulations to Alexis Conran! Celebrity Masterchef 2016 Winner!

    Aug

    Congratulations to Alexis Conran! Celebrity Masterchef 2016 Winner!

    Posted by HJUK

    Hospitality Jobs UK would like to congratulate Alexis Conran on winning Celebrity Masterchef 2016!  The Real Hustle presenter beat Jimmy Osmond and Louise Minchin in the final last Friday evening to claim the title. The three contestants all created and produced very impressive dishes throughout the final, but it was obvious from the start that Alexis was on a slightly higher level with his Greek heritage and eye for presentation showing through. The final saw all three contestants take on the Chef's Table challenge, hosted by Michelin star chef Atul Kochhar. Alexis took charge of the main courses with his…
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  • Celebrity Masterchef 2016  Semi Finals Week

    Jul

    Celebrity Masterchef 2016 Semi Finals Week

    Posted by HJUK

    We’ve all been following Celebrity Masterchef at Hospitality Jobs UK and now the heats are over we are looking forward to semi finals week! The nine contestants left (Alexis Conran, Audley Harrison, Cherry Healey, Jimmy Osmond, Louise Minchin, Neil Back, Rev Richard Coles, Sid Own and Tommy Cannon) face their toughest challenge yet on Thursday 21st July – cooking together the first time in a freezing field. They will be split into two teams to cater for 70 guests attending a historic re-enactment event and must design and create four mouthwatering dishes each (meat, fish, vegetarian and dessert). Then its…
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  • How will Brexit affect the Hospitality Industry?

    Jul

    How will Brexit affect the Hospitality Industry?

    Posted by HJUK

    On 23rd June 2016, the UK voted in a historic decision to leave the EU. This had initial political and financial repercussions for the UK, as the markets and value of the pound fell immediately, Prime Minister David Cameron resigned as well as other major political developments coming in from both sides. Whichever way they voted, many people are left wondering what will happen next, especially in the Hospitality Industry which is one of the largest sectors to employ EU workers within the UK, and serve tourism. The industry press have been reporting on this for some time and the…
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  • Apprenticeship Levy  What Hospitality Businesses Need to Know

    Jun

    Apprenticeship Levy What Hospitality Businesses Need to Know

    Posted by HJUK

    The Government is changing the way apprenticeships are funded in England from April 2017, by introducing a new Apprenticeship Levy. Employers who have a pay bill of over £3m annum will be required to make a mandatory payment of 0.5% towards apprenticeships through the PAYE system. Then training is paid for and organised through their digital services account on the government website. The levy is also deductable for Corporation Tax purposes. The reaction from businesses has been mixed, some loving the idea believing it will help improve workforce skills and some loathing the imposition of a mandatory payment. Also it…
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  • EXTENDED QUEENS BIRTHDAY HOURS A SENSIBLE MOVE, SAYS ALMR

    Jun

    EXTENDED QUEENS BIRTHDAY HOURS A SENSIBLE MOVE, SAYS ALMR

    Posted by HJUK

    The ALMR has welcomed confirmation that pubs will be permitted to extend their hours in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday. ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “This move is a sensible one by the Government and will allow pubs and bars to join the celebrations. UK pubs are important social hubs and will be the perfect place to enjoy celebrations at the heart of communities. “Pubs have already shown that they are the perfect place to enjoy national celebrations and the 2014 World Cup showed that venues are capable of opening later without problems. “This pragmatic approach will also…
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  • Personal Online Reputation Management Tips for Job Search

    Apr

    Personal Online Reputation Management Tips for Job Search

    Posted by HJUK

    Personal Online Reputation Management involves paying attention to what is associated with your name in search engines and social media, then doing your best to positively impact what is visible. Our previous article Why your online reputation could cost your job search, discusses pitfalls to look out for with bad online reputation when looking for a job. However, once you have cleaned up your social media profiles, what do you do with them then to maximise your chances of being found, when the potential employer starts to research you online? Read on for our top tips on how to maximise…
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  • Why your online reputation could cost your job search

    Apr

    Why your online reputation could cost your job search

    Posted by HJUK

    Watch out! Your Facebook & Twitter postings might win over your friends, but they could also cost you a job..! When it comes to finding a new job in the hospitality industry, your online presence may be of more significance than you think. Managing your online reputation may sound challenging but we have put together a few common sense tips on how you can minimise harm to your image. Remember that, no matter how strong your CV is, if an employer finds your online presence inappropriate/offensive – you could be jeopardising your chances of landing the role or even getting…
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  • ALMR Report finds WiFi and Instagram-ready food wins over tech-savvy diners

    Apr

    ALMR Report finds WiFi and Instagram-ready food wins over tech-savvy diners

    Posted by HJUK

    Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), writes her third guest blog for us about the rise of diners using technology and social media in food outlets as part of their dining experience. Read her previous guest post about Ending Inflexible Taxes in the Hospitality Industry. Technology such as Wi-Fi is a concerning factor for the majority of consumers when picking a food outlet, according to a recent report. Future Shock, published by the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) in partnership with CGA, found that over half of customers believe technology improves their social experience…
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  • How to Optimise Your LinkedIn Profile for Job Search

    Mar

    How to Optimise Your LinkedIn Profile for Job Search

    Posted by HJUK

    There are two good reasons why you should optimise your LinkedIn profile when you are actively searching for new hospitality jobs. Firstly, potential recruiters and recruitment agencies will search for you to find ideal candidates for a position. Secondly, your potential employer will want to look at your online profiles find out more about your career, to aid them in deciding whether to hire you or not.   We have put together our top 5 tips on how to optimised your LinkedIn profile for a job search, appearing the very best you possibly can to potential employers and recruitment agencies.…
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  • Hospitality Sector needs to see the end of inflexible taxes

    Mar

    Hospitality Sector needs to see the end of inflexible taxes

    Posted by HJUK

    Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), writes a second guest blog for us about the impact of taxes in the Hospitality Industry. Read her previous guest post about Apprenticeship Levy and the National Living wage here. "They say that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. We know too well the impact of an ever increasing tax burden on the life blood of our sector. Pubs, bars and restaurants pay over a third of their turnover in taxes - funding vital local public services – and this is in large part due…
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  • Job Interview Tips Part 2 - During the Interview

    Feb

    Job Interview Tips Part 2 - During the Interview

    Posted by HJUK

    Welcome to Part 2 of our job interview tips series. Now you are feeling ready after using Part 1 - How to Prepare for an Interview - the day has finally arrived! We have put together our top 5 tips on how to act during the interview process that will put you in the best possible position to be offered the job. 1          Get off to a good start and be aware of your body language Look poised and confident as you enter the room, smile and shake hands firmly. Try to always maintain eye contact throughout and smile at the…
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  • Job Interview Tips Part 1 - How to Prepare

    Feb

    Job Interview Tips Part 1 - How to Prepare

    Posted by HJUK

    GREAT NEWS! You’ve applied for a job and you received an interview confirmation; It is so exciting, yet, completely normal to feel nervous as well. As long as you are organised and prepared, you will get the better of your nerves and give yourself the best opportunity and chance of getting the job. We have put together our top 5 tips on getting ready for the interview process that will help you feel in control on the day... 1          Plan your route It’s an obvious one but if you are going to travel by bus or train plan your route in…
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  • Universal Credit Launches in Spring 2016 - What does this mean for the Hospitality Sector?

    Jan

    Universal Credit Launches in Spring 2016 - What does this mean for the Hospitality Sector?

    Posted by HJUK

    In Spring 2016, the UK Government plans to fully roll out the biggest overhaul on the benefits system since the 1940s, via a new scheme called Universal Credit. The Government has been staggering its implementation across job centres and local authorities across the country and plans to have the scheme fully rolled out by May 2016. Better for claimants Under the scheme, claimants will received a new single-payment that replaces 6 of the current working-age benefits (jobseekers allowance, employment and support allowance, income support, child tax credit, working tax credit and housing benefit). Payments will be paid into the individual’s…
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  • The ALMR

    Jan

    The ALMR

    Posted by HJUK

    The ALMR is the unrivalled network of entrepreneurial retailers and industry suppliers, championing companies that own and operate pubs, bars and casual dining restaurants in the UK.  Our membership comprises 200 retailers representing 22,000 outlets making ALMR the largest representative body for operators in licensed hospitality. Our aims are to promote the reputation and economic benefits of retail hospitality, to protect the commercial interests of our members and to prevent the imposition of unnecessary costs or restrictive legislation. Find out more at www.almr.org.uk
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  • Are you ready for the Living Wage?

    Dec

    Are you ready for the Living Wage?

    Posted by HJUK

    Under plans unveiled in this year’s Summer Budget, from April 2016 all UK businesses will have to pay staff over 25 a National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour, rising to £9 per hour by 2020. This could have a significant impact on Hospitality, so what does it mean for the industry as a whole and is your business prepared for the changes? The impact of Living Wage on the Hospitality Industry The British Hospitality Association (BHA) are warning of potential job losses in smaller businesses. “There are adjustments made to corporate tax and employment allowances, but these do not…
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  • The Athena Mentoring Story: Women Leaders in the pub industry

    Dec

    The Athena Mentoring Story: Women Leaders in the pub industry

    Posted by HJUK

    Athena Mentoring is designed to nurture talented, driven and ambitious young women in the UK pub trade, assisting them in driving their careers forward. We talk to Emma Causer, its founder, about her motivations for setting up the organisation and her hopes for both the organisation's future and that of women's careers in the pub industry. "The idea for Athena was borne out of my passion for the pub industry, an incredible place to work: It’s an industry where I have spent my career; firstly as an operator and now as a supplier. When I look at this sector, I…
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  • Apprenticeship Levy and the new National living Wage

    Dec

    Apprenticeship Levy and the new National living Wage

    Posted by HJUK

    Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), writes about the Debate around the Apprenticeship Levy and the new National Living Wage which has dominated the headlines somewhat over recent weeks. "With the sector lamenting the knock-on effect these two measures will have, one would be forgiven for thinking that employment within the licensed hospitality sector is somewhat moribund. It’s true that a labour intensive sector such as ours will feel the pinch of employee legislation, but we should not forget to mention all that is good about working in pubs and bars. Licensed hospitality is a great…
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