Undergraduates on four degree courses in hospitality and event management will have the certified qualifications embedded into their degree programmes. As part of the unique initiative, participating students will gain access to vital work experience in hospitality, increasing their employability when they graduate.
MMU is the first university to offer the qualifications in tandem with an undergraduate degree and it is expected that other education institutions will follow suit.
The suite of qualifications are known as the ‘Passport to Industry’ and have been available from the start of this academic year. They include certificates in food safety, customer service excellence, health & safety, wine management and music promotion.
John Melia, BII Client Development Director, said: “This is a ground breaking initiative which will benefit both parties immensely as well as the many students who take part.
“It’s about adding value and ensuring students are fully equipped for working in the industry. It will also have a knock-on effect for the industry as a whole as it will increase the pool of young talent out there who are qualified and have first-hand experience of working in hospitality.”