Invest in skills in UK tourism says Commons report

Kirstie Donnelly comments on Commons report on tourism

26 March 2015 / Be the first to comment

Today the House of Commons released a report about the UK tourism sector, making a number of recommendations about how best to ensure the workforce in this area has the skills and experience they need. In response Kirstie Donnelly MBE, UK Managing Director of City & Guilds said:

‘We welcome the House of Commons Culture Media and Sport’s Committee’s report on tourism, launched today. It highlights the urgent need for training and apprenticeships to adapt to the unique features of the tourism businesses, such as seasonality, scale and uncertainty in customer demand.

'The people working in our tourism industry have a vital role to play in ensuring that the UK economy continues to benefit from the tens of millions of visitors continue to visit our country year, it’s therefore essential they have the right skills and training to do their job.

‘We particularly welcome the report’s recommendations that the Government can do more to inform tourism businesses of the opportunities and funding that exist to train people, particularly young people, for the world of work. 

'We also believe that it is essential that more support is provided to allow better involvement of small and medium sized tourism businesses in the apprenticeship trailblazers so that their needs are understood and met.’

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