Hospitality trade needs staff

Staying ahead -The Richmond Hotel
THE Richmond Hotel Liverpool has teamed up with sister company Know Hospitality to announce plans for a new training academy in Liverpool to enhance and grow skills in the hospitality industry. They are working in partnership with national training provider Kaplan Skills and Employment to manage and deliver the new internships. Know Hotels Liverpool Limited (KHLL) was recently appointed as the new management company for The Richmond Hotel Liverpool, a Grade II Listed venue in the former Merseytravel Headquarters located on Hatton Garden off Dale Street. The hotel will be the headquarters of the academy. The programme is aimed at young people aged between 16 and 18, who have a keen interest in starting and developing a career within Liverpool City Region’s thriving hospitality sector. Each internship lasts 10 weeks, with up to 12 students per intake engaging in a 24-hour per week programme, with each student being assigned a dedicated mentor to offer ongoing support. The first programme is scheduled to start on Monday, 3 August. Steven Hesketh is Managing Director of The Know Collection, and Treasurer of Liverpool Hoteliers Association. He said: “The Know Hospitality Academy will play a vital role in our exciting plans for the future and development of the Know Collection brand, which also includes hotel, restaurant and facilities management, alongside hospitality consultancy. “Hospitality continues to thrive across Liverpool City Region, with new venues opening on an almost weekly basis. This growing number of hotels, restaurants and bars need staff – so now is the perfect time to launch the training academy as the first opportunity for young people to learn about the industry first-hand. “Once students have graduated, our goal is for them to start an apprenticeship so they can embark on the next step in their hospitality career. We see this as a way of giving something back to the industry – we may just find the industry leaders of tomorrow.” Danielle Kershaw, National Traineeships Manager for Kaplan, added: “We are delighted to be working with The Richmond Hotel Liverpool to launch the Know Hospitality Academy to offer this innovative project based study programme to give young people a real insight into the hospitality industry.” Young people interested in becoming a student at the Know Hospitality Academy should contact Kaplan Skills and Employment on 0151 202 0530 or email danielle.kershaw@kaplan.co.uk