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WLC Attends Hospitality Apprenticeship Showcase at House of Commons

The Hospitality Apprenticeship Showcase (HAS) 2024 took place this week in the House of Commons, as part of National Apprenticeship Week. The event unites companies across the hospitality industry and recognises the outstanding work carried out by apprentices in the industry.

Chef Lecturer Robert Carruthers and Head of Service Industries Denise Charles with Hospitality and Catering students
Chef Lecturer Robert Carruthers and Head of Service Industries Denise Charles with Hospitality and Catering students

This year’s event welcomed West London College to the House of Commons to spread awareness of the diverse opportunities available within the hospitality industry.

The students in attendance, all of whom are currently undertaking a hospitality-related college course, heard first-hand from apprentices and employers about the career opportunities that are available to them once they have completed their studies.

The inclusive and interactive day showcased a myriad of professions within the industry, from chefs and brewers to professional support and marketing apprentices. The students were able to find out more information on apprenticeships and the careers offered by the companies participating on the day as well as key sector information.

Maureen Heffernan, Leisure PR’s Director and founder of the event commented: “The hospitality industry is the third largest employer in the UK, and the Hospitality Apprenticeship Showcase perfectly encapsulates how apprenticeship in the industry provides limitless possibilities for career progression and sets people up for success. This event never fails to inspire.”

This year’s event was hosted by The Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group and The Rt Hon Kelly Tolhurst MP, Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group.

Denise Charles, Head of Curriculum: Hospitality and Catering at West London College, said: “It was a great pleasure to join Alun Cairns MP and Kelly Tolhurst MP in celebrating the exceptional journey of apprentices within the hospitality industry.

“I was thrilled to attend this event, which serves as a testament to the significance of apprenticeships in launching career success. This was an excellent enrichment event for our students where they gained valuable insights into the world of hospitality apprenticeships, their benefits, and the wide range of rewarding careers that are on offer in this dynamic sector.”

In attendance at the event were apprentices and representatives from a multitude of hospitality-focused companies. These included AB InBev, British Institute of Innkeeping, British Beer and Pub Association, Beds & Bars Ltd, Fuller, Smith and Turner, Greene King PLC, HIT Training, Lifetime Training, Marston’s PLC, Mitchells and Butlers PLC, Nando’s, Stonegate Group, UK Hospitality and Umbrella Training.

London South Bank Technical College and London South East Colleges also attended. 

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