Benefits of accreditation

From promoting your organisation to businesses, to sharing best practice with other organisations and accessing exclusive policy updates, becoming a hospitality accredited college will help cement your reputation as an excellent learning provider.

Benefits include...

Promotion and recognition:
  • Be seen as the ‘best of the best’ by employers – when they see the People 1st accreditation badge, they will know that you work well with businesses
  • Attract more learners by being seen as an endorsed, quality college
  • Share your stories with learners and employers through increased social media exposure
  • Apply for an AA College Rosette for your college restaurant –  this prestigious award, developed in partnership with AA Hotel Services, can only be awarded to People 1st accredited colleges and creates fantastic PR and commercial opportunities
  • Enter the AA College Restaurant of the Year Award – this national award, part of the AA’s annual Hospitality Awards, is only open to People 1st accredited colleges
  • Be featured as an accredited college on the People 1st website
Increased opportunities:
  • Have a commitment from the members of our employer panel to use you and your fellow accredited colleges as preferred suppliers, and to offer support to you and your students including:
    • Guest speakers for your events
    • Work experience placements
    • CPD opportunities
Sharing best practice:
  • Stay ahead of the curve and network with other providers at our strategic forums, which cover topics including:
    • The latest skills policy developments
    • Issues currently affecting further education colleges
    • Key research on skills in the visitor economy
    • Learnings from our work with employers
Exclusive information and resources:
  • Stay up-to-speed on skills policy developments with detailed updates straight to your inbox, including:
    • Information on how the new apprenticeship system and how the levy works
    • Emerging policy changes
    • Reaction to the latest policy developments as soon as they become available
  • View the latest information at any time, with access to the members-only section of the People 1st website
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What others say

“Our accreditation helps us make sure that people are aware of just how good we are. We live in a competitive world, there are other colleges and training providers around us, so we want to make sure that we get our market share… Employers want to work with us now – we’ve seen a big increase in the amount of involvement they have with us.”

Grant Mather, Curriculum Lead for Hospitality and Tourism, Cornwall College

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"Our accreditation has definitely helped create better links with employers and it’s been fantastic to put our students into meaningful work experience with restaurants and hotels, both locally and nationally. We’ve worked with businesses like The Dorchester, the Mandarin Oriental and Le Manoir, and it’s been recognised how well we work with other people and employers."

Tony Oxley, Programme Manager for Catering and Hospitality, Milton Keynes College

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Levels of accreditation

Find out more about the different levels of accreditation on offer, including Centre of Excellence status.

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How to get accredited

See what the accreditation process involves and how to get started.

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AA College Restaurant of the Year

Become an accredited college and you could be the next recipient of this prestigious award - part of one of the biggest events on the hospitality industry calendar!

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