How hospitality apprenticeships can bring in quality staff

The hospitality industry is all about positive interactions, whether it’s a chat over the bar between a bartender and customer, friendly service from a waiter, a profitable partnership with a supplier or even the kind of virtual interaction you get from putting money in a quiz machine or jukebox.

So it makes sense that hospitality apprenticeships that allow young people to work directly within the sector as part of their vocational training are increasingly being recognised as a great way to not just recruit quality staff, but to coach new entrants into the industry in their early years.

Last year this was highlighted as part of National Apprenticeship Week with a showcase at the House of Commons, and MPs were so impressed with the inaugural event that they are set to welcome young people from the bar, pub, casual dining and brewing sector to Parliament once again this March.

Hosted by Pub and Bar Careers, the one-day session on Tuesday March 6th will involve apprentices from some of the biggest names in the sector, such as Fuller’s and Stonegate, along with their parents and employers, for a joined-up and interactive presentation and a look ahead to a career in hospitality.

Andrew Griffiths MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, recalled last year’s event, and said: “It was by far the best event we have held in the House of Commons. It gave Ministers and MPs the opportunity to talk directly to young people who work in the sector, to hear their views and career aspirations. It was informative, interactive and fun, and certainly made an impression in the House.”

Hospitality ranks as the fourth-largest sector in the UK in terms of employee numbers, with an abundance of diverse career opportunities, so it’s fantastic to see the industry getting the recognition it deserves, with a particular focus on the talents of the 1.6 million people who work in hospitality roles in the UK.

It’s also good that parents, employers and MPs are on board as part of the drive to recognise that hospitality is not just a Saturday job for students, but a legitimate career choice for life, with plenty of ways to progress.

At Manco we already know how passionate those who work in hospitality can be – as well as how positive the partnerships are that we build in the sector, whether through our profit-share arrangements on pub fruit machines, ongoing maintenance contracts to keep pub pool tables and jukeboxes in good condition, or just keeping in touch with friends we have made through our work with hospitality establishments over the years


New Year New You

After the busyness of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, it can be easy to accept that January is a quiet month and rest on your laurels. However, if you want 2018 to be your best and biggest year, you should use the next few weeks to give your pub a makeover.

Could your seating be improved?

Think about the layout of your pub, especially if you’ve not adjusted the seating for many years. Would another configuration work better? Would you benefit from having a couple of poseur tables and stools by your windows? They can make your pub always seem busy, drawing people in off the street.

If your chairs are ripped, consider replacing or recovering them. Outside seating mightn’t be a priority at this time of year typically, but if you have outdoor heaters, you should make the most of this space. Smokers in particular will appreciate having comfy seating to sit on while they chat.

Are you offering the whole package?

It’s vital that you keep your punters entertained when they come back in their droves following a ditched dry January. Give them the freedom to decide what music is played with a video jukebox, install a quiz machine and have a pool table or two. Hiring the equipment you need can cost less than you think, when you turn to Manco Automatics.

Pool tables can be a welcome addition to any pub or club as they allow groups of friends and family members to compete against each other, and you could arrange regular pool competitions too. Those playing will spend longer in your establishment, so are more likely to order extra drinks and food… which will keep your tills ringing.

Do your walls need a lick of paint?

It’s amazing the difference a coat or two of paint can make, whether you decide to stick with your current shade or opt for a different colour completely. You want to make a good first impression so make sure your entrance area is looking smart. Toilets shouldn’t be overlooked either. If they look dirty and uncared for, punters will find this off-putting and they may decide to go elsewhere.

For more tips on increasing your pub’s profits in 2018, click here >