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Umbrella Training launches ‘Kickstart Hospitality Consortia’

Umbrella Training, the leading nationwide training and apprenticeship provider for the hospitality sector, has launched a new initiative to help hospitality businesses utilise the government’s new Kickstart Scheme.

The ‘Umbrella Kickstart Hospitality Consortia’ aims to help hospitality businesses of all sizes to access the available kickstart grants, even if they cannot offer the 30 placements required to qualify.

The new government incentive allows employers to claim between £2,730 and £4,920 in wages for six months of an individual’s employment, as well as a grant of £1,500 to support their training and development.

Comprehensive Support Package

The Kickstart Hospitality Consortia will also offer hospitality businesses a comprehensive package of support, including sourcing funding, recruitment, pre-screening candidates, and training them in Clinical Cleanliness prior to starting on the Kickstart programme.

The launch of the Consortia comes as the effects of Covid-19 on business continues to be felt, with hospitality employers under pressure to manage people strategies in accordance with limited capacity across the sector.

In addition to the monetary benefits of the Kickstart Scheme, the Umbrella Kickstart Hospitality Consortia will attract new people into the sector and inspire them to stay in hospitality.

In the longer term, this should help with the people shortage that will come when hospitality is back in full swing.

Expert Support

Adele Oxberry, CEO said: “The Kickstart scheme is a perfect way to support budgets, bring some new people into the business, or return the old people who were made redundant and claimed universal credits. 

“It can be a real success if coupled with a great development package that supports a Kickstarter. And if an apprenticeship is added at the end of the scheme, hospitality businesses are looking at a potential financial gain of £3,500 in grants, up to £4,920 in wages and a new team member that is aligned to the business and ready to support it on the road to recovery.

 Industry job board Caterer.com are supporting the initiative. Head of Marketing, Kathy Dyball said: “The struggles the sector currently faces will pass, and skills gaps will open up once again; now is the time to engage young people with the vibrancy of hospitality as a career choice. The Umbrella Kickstart Hospitality Consortia gives employers the expert support needed to tap into the Government Kickstart scheme, including fund sourcing, candidate engagement, recruitment and training.

 It’s designed to make a complex process both straightforward and effective. For young people, it will open up opportunity and the chance of both short- and long-term working experiences in the sector. Caterer.com are committed to enabling hospitality people to find the right job for them and driving workplace success across the sector, so are pleased to actively support this robust and meaningful approach.”

A vital role in sustaining skills

Craig Prentice, Founder, mum adds “Our vision is for young people to see hospitality as a career of choice and this initiative gives people the incentive to look into hospitality and fall in love with it. At the same time, it allows us to be the industry that trains the nation’s workforce in transferable skills.”

 “We are delighted to support this fantastic initiative, especially in such a critical time for our sector. This will not only support businesses in coping with the initial economic fallout of Covid-19 but will also play a vital role in sustaining people and skills long-term.”

Businesses interested in receiving the support of the Umbrella Kickstart Hospitality Consortia should attend the organisation’s webinar on Friday 18 September at 10.30am, which will provide detail of the Kickstart rules and how to apply, before submitting expressions of interest.

The Umbrella Kickstart Hospitality Consortia is working alongside Umbrella Employ, Coulstock Consultancy, and with support from Caterer.com and Mum.

Umbrella Training will make a £10 donation to Hospitality Action by for each placement made within the consortium.