Hugh Mantle, director of the NFFF and a member of the British Takeaway Campaign (BTC), has joined the Government’s catering and hospitality technical education advisory panel.
Hugh will represent the takeaway sector in the development of the forthcoming Catering and Hospitality Technical Education Level (T Level) – part of Government reforms to strengthen the provision of vocational education to address skills gaps.
The appointment to the panel follows research carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research which found that 37% of takeaway restaurants are experiencing skills shortages in specific areas, and that 78% of those reporting problems have had issues recruiting chefs – underlining the sector’s need for support in accessing skills.
Hugh has worked in the catering and hospitality sector for more than 30 years. He specialises in industry training, working closely with restaurants on their respective schemes, as well as in the NFFF’s dedicated training school. Prior to this he worked with major brands, including Whitbread and Harry Ramsden’s.
The British Takeaway Campaign has been vocal in calling for the Government to include nutrition and sustainability components in its new catering and hospitality T Level.
Commenting on his appointment to the T-level panel, Hugh Mantle said: “The BTC’s appointment to the Catering Hospitality T-level panel provides a great opportunity to make sure that the qualification fits the needs of businesses, and the BTC will play its part in providing a voice on behalf of takeaway restaurants across the country.
“We want to get more young British people fired up about working in this exciting industry by ensuring they get the right training to build successful careers in the sector.”
Ibrahim Dogus, Chair of the British Takeaway Campaign, added: “The Catering and Hospitality T-level marks an important first step in addressing shortages, and will boost business confidence – particularly as 37% of takeaways think Brexit will make recruitment even more difficult.
“Looking ahead, as a sector representing tastes and cuisines from across the globe, we want to work with Government to ensure that takeaway restaurants have access to a range of specialist skills from at home and abroad. In addition to upskilling the domestic workforce, this can be achieved with a post-Brexit immigration system that enables the takeaway sector to access specialist chefs and staff they need from around the world.”
T Levels will be on a par with A Levels and will provide young people with a choice between technical and academic education after the age of 16.