PACE and People 1st forum comes to Nottingham next month

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Editor 17th February 2014
The Professional Association for Catering Education (PACE) and People 1st have again linked up to help employers tackle critical issues facing the sector. Problems such as changes to apprenticeships and the ongoing need to find skilled staff will be addressed at a learning and development forum to help educate employers and learning providers. Martin-Christian Kent, research and policy director at People 1st, said: “This forum is the only one of its kind to bring together employers and providers to discuss – and address – the issues that everyone in the industry is facing. “It’s employers’ chance to have their say about the future skills they need in their business and how these needs can be met.” Through a range of interactive workshops and presentations, employers will be given the latest updates on skills policy and how changes are likely to impact the sector, and learn about new training technology, funding, Ofsted inspections and best practice. The programme for the forum has been designed to encourage employers to network and build links with other employers and providers to learn how they are planning to deal with the changes taking place in the skills agenda. Geoff Booth, national chair of PACE, said: “We’ve got more than 30,000 hospitality students leaving college each year, yet employers are still struggling to recruit skilled staff members. This suggests that employers need to form stronger links with colleges and so they have their say in the skills students are being taught. “Of course, with the major changes taking place to the way apprenticeship are being run, employers are very much going to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to apprenticeship design and procurement. Our forum can help prepare employers to choose a provider that suits them and prepare for the future.” People 1st is offering a 50 percent discount to employer partners wishing to attend the event and anyone wishing to claim this discount should contact Andy Doyle at [email protected]. The PACE and People 1st learning and development forum will be held 12-14 March at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.

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The Staff Canteen

Editor 17th February 2014

PACE and People 1st forum comes to Nottingham next month