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Skill Support

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, tourism jobs accounted for 7% of all employment in Hertfordshire. The visitor economy is a major employer of school leavers and young people, as well as an incubator for entrepreneurs and innovation.

Now more than ever, it is essential that we, as an industry, work in partnership with the Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) sector to address issues around staff retention, skills shortages and apathy towards a career in the visitor economy, to help rebuild our sector and create a resilient destination.


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Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal

Hertfordshire LEP recognise the need for students, career explorers and employers to be able to access advice and guidance on jobs, qualifications and apprenticeships via one single portal.

Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal (HOP) provides a one-stop-shop for talent within the county.

For tourism and hospitality businesses HOP enables you, the employers to reach and recruit your future talent, and upskill and provide progression opportunities for existing staff. 

It allows training providers to showcase their services and development opportunities and provides insights to help them tailor their local offer to meet current and future business needs.

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Hertfordshire Hospitality – Skills Support for the Workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) supports small and medium businesses in Hertfordshire to upskill their employees with training courses and qualifications to help their business grow and boost the local economy.

This scheme can support you with the development of a bespoke training programme relevant to your business needs, and as the SSW programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), a wide range of training can be accessed at no cost (subject to eligibility) to your business.

SSW have a network of expert training providers who can deliver 100s of fully funded and accredited Hospitality training courses covering a range of subjects such as: Food Safety, Senior Culinary Chef, Team Leading, Lean Manufacturing training and many more.


What’s on offer?

  • A training needs analysis for your business, identifying the skills your team need to support your business goals
  • On-the-job vocational training to meet individual and business needs including taught learning, workplace assessment, distance learning and online learning
  • Recognised accredited qualifications and training courses to support employees to upskill or even learn new skills
  • Progression pathways for your employees enabling them to take on more responsibilities and move up in your organisation, or progress onto higher level qualifications and apprenticeships


How could you benefit?

  • A more efficient business with improved profitability
  • A highly skilled and engaged workforce with up-to-date skills
  • Improved staff morale and motivation, therefore reducing staff turnover
  • Become an ‘Employer of Choice’ which will improve your business’ image and attract new talent
  • Competitive advantage in your marketplace and improved chances of winning new business


If you want to enhance your business performance, improve profitability or simply invest in your employees’ personal development, get in touch

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Arriva Business Solutions

Arriva have assisted many businesses with their transport needs. A wide range of solutions are available, all of which have been tried and tested. Arriva business solutions provides opportunities including a free scheme to organisations that offer savings of up to 20% on the cost of bus travel to the employee.

Arriva also work with businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector to fund travel, to help rationalise and centralise your expenses processes, as well as remove risks and barriers that individuals may have with accessing public transport to encourage employability and back to work schemes.

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