Young people who see themselves as Jersey’s future hotel and restaurant managers will be able to start training this September through a new Trackers apprentice programme being launched in partnership with the Jersey Hospitality Association (JHA) and Highlands College.
The four-year programme leads to a recognised qualification in hospitality management. After the first year in college, the apprentices will be based in workplaces in Jersey, with the potential for placements abroad through industry partners in order to broaden their experience.
Eileen Buicke-Kelly, the Curriculum and Catering Manager in the Academy of Culinary Arts at Highlands College said: “This is an exciting new venture for training in the hospitality industries and will allow apprentices to experience a variety of roles on their journey to management. Highlands have worked closely with Trackers, the industry and the JHA to develop a programme that combines education, training and skills development and leads to a Level 4 Diploma in Principles of Hospitality Management.”
Gerald Fletcher, Chief Executive of the Jersey Hospitality Association, said: “JHA is delighted that the apprenticeship in hospitality will commence in September this year. There is a unanimous feeling among members that there is an urgent need to establish an apprenticeship programme for the hospitality industry in Jersey. This scheme will primarily suit those who are committed to a career in the sector and, more importantly, who aspire to a junior managerial role. This is excellent news for the industry and there has been a great deal of commitment from all involved to bring this to fruition.”
Andy Gibbs, Head of Lifelong Learning and Skills, said: “Trackers continues to develop its range of training opportunities in sectors that are important to the Island. The hospitality sector is a vital part of Jersey’s economy and a programme that develops local young people to take on senior positions addresses and identified skills need.”
“We know many young people are interested in a hospitality career but are not clear about career progression or how to work up through the ranks. This apprenticeship gives them a formal structure for their future and the Trackers model, with its active mentor support and strong industry liaison, ensures there is every chance of success.”
Any 16-18 year-olds who are interested in applying can find the initial application forms online at www.gov.je/trackers and can contact the Trackers team on 449180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org