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Centre of excellence for hospitality and retail sectors to open in 2013

By Adam Pescod , 30-Nov-2012
Last updated on 30-Nov-2012 at 14:19 GMT2012-11-30T14:19:41Z

Training: new centre for excellence to be opened next year

Training: new centre for excellence to be opened next year

The Hospitality Guild and National Skills Academy (NSA) for Retail have secured funding of more than £500,000 through the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to develop a new centre of excellence for the hospitality and retail sectors.

Hospitality House will host a range of training events, with facilities also accessible via the internet so training can be delivered remotely to people throughout both sectors.
Simon Vincent, chairman of the Hospitality Guild, said: “This is a massive boost for the sector. Kindly donated rent-free by McDonald’s, Hospitality House will become a state of the art training and meeting hub, acting as an iconic symbol of the industry’s belief and support of its people.”
Executive director Suzy Jackson added: “We can deliver better trained and qualified people and improve the image of hospitality by working together. What Hospitality House does is allow us to bring all of this ambition under one roof and support that across the service sector.”
The refurbishment of Hospitality House is due to take place in the forthcoming months and the new venue will open to employers for use by summer 2013.
“There are a lot of similarities between hospitality and retail, and we face similar challenges when it comes to recruiting, training and retaining our staff,” said Jane Rexworthy, director of skills solutions and head of NSA for Retail.
“If we don’t do something to address our recruitment and training needs, our long-term security could be threatened. That is why we are working together – we know that we can combat these issues and, using the new facilities that Hospitality House will provide, we can help drive forward training and development to make our industries stronger.”

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