The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has responded to the government’s consultation on the implementation of T-level programmes, as well as the Institute for Apprenticeships’ consultation on occupational maps.

The BBPA has submitted two responses to the consultation on occupational maps. The first looks at the catering and hospitality occupational map and, in agreement with People 1st, the BBPA has argued for the introduction of licensed retail team members and supervisors. The second examines the level 4 apprenticeship of ‘brewer’, arguing for more scope for career progression.

BBPAOccupational maps, which aim to simplify the current apprenticeship system by categorising occupations with similar knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) into 15 maps, will play an important role in developing future apprenticeships systems, as well as T-level qualifications.

The BBPA has also submitted its response to the implementation of T-levels consultation. It has demonstrated its support for the T-level programme, which will serve as a platform to recruit young people to the beer and pub sector. In line with People 1st, the BBPA has highlighted how best T-levels can be developed to ensure they offer opportunity for career progression, and align with the new occupational maps.

The BBPA will continue to monitor the development of T-levels and occupational maps, to ensure they best meet the targets of the Sainsbury Report and Post-16 Skills Plan.

BBPA chief executive, Brigid Simmonds, said: “It is vitally important for pubs that we encourage UK nationals to work in our sector and the introduction of T-levels and occupational maps offer the opportunity to highlight a serious career structure in brewing and pubs.

“We very much welcome the work experience which is a key element of the new T level qualifications.  As a people facing business, work experience offers a greater understanding of how the industry works and the opportunities for career progression.”

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