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Become a hospitality accredited college

How can your college show employers, potential students and parents that your full-time provision is among the best in the country, and that it's been endorsed by a panel of employers as being innovative, flexible and reflecting businesses' needs?

By successfully going through the People 1st accreditation process, you can proudly promote that you are among the nation's best, and are part of a network of quality providers who share best practice and innovation.

You'll also be able to exclusively access the latest policy and industry updates and have regular opportunities to engage and work with sector businesses.

Hospitality accreditation

With the hospitality industry currently experiencing a chronic shortage of chefs in particular – 11,000 more chefs are needed in the next eight years alone – employers are more keen than ever to work with excellent colleges to source talent.

People 1st’s hospitality accreditation recognises colleges and providers that deliver excellent full-time or classroom-based hospitality training and qualifications.

The accreditation also highlights colleges and training providers that are working well with employers – allowing them to influence the curriculum so it meets industry needs, and developing partnerships that benefit learners.

People 1st hospitality accreditation is endorsed by an independent panel of leading hospitality businesses. Chaired by Sean Wheeler, director of people development at Principal Hotels, the panel includes representatives from the hotel, restaurant, foodservice, casual dining and events industries.


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