Chef shortage figures Highlighted

June 25, 2015 No Comments

VisitEngland recently revealed alarming chef shortage figures as part of a drive to attract young people to the industry during English Tourism Week this March. The organisation found that 47 per cent of vacancies for chefs proved difficult to fill due to a lack of skilled applicants. Chefs made up 21 per cent of all skill shortage vacancies for skilled trades, suggesting that businesses are struggling to recruit the skilled chefs they need.

English tourism is predicted to be one of the biggest drivers of economic growth over the next decade, and by 2025 the value of tourism in England is set to double to over £216 billion, providing 1 in every 10 jobs. However skills shortages are a major threat to tourism achieving its growth potential.

Chef shortages are particularly prevalent in London and in the South East, it is pointed out. James Berresford, Chief Executive of VisitEngland, says: “We are proud of England’s growing foodie reputation which relies heavily on skilled chefs delivering quality across the many fantastic restaurants, pubs and hotels across the country. We need to ensure there is enough being done at grass roots level to inspire young chefs to enter the industry and fill the skills gap, if we are to meet visitor demand.”

Addressing the skills gap issue, the industry is rallying to encourage young people to take up apprenticeship schemes. The Big Hospitality Conversation is a nationwide campaign led by the British Hospitality Association uniting more than 1,500 businesses so far to provide hospitality and tourism careers for young people.

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