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Top Ten Myths about Apprenticeships in Licensed Retail – Busted!

Top Ten Myths about Apprenticeships in Licensed Retail – Busted!

The myths surrounding the employment of apprentices in the licenced retail trade have only served to deter owners/operators of licenced premises from tapping into a hugely beneficial talent pipeline that could be available to them. Rachael Fidler, Managing Director of HTP Training, identifies the most common misapprehensions and reveals the truth. Apprentices aged 16 cannot work behind a bar The Licensing Act now states that at the age of 16 you can legally do any kitchen work in licenced premises and, with the supervision of the manager/ landlord, you can legally serve alcohol. If a family member owns the bar you can legally work there with another bartender. If you are 16 or 17, the person who holds the licence (licensee) must not employ you in a bar at a time when it is open for the sal... »

Consumer Services Hit Hard by Spending Slowdown, says CBI

Businesses in the consumer-services sector have been hit hard by the economic slowdown, with sales falling to their lowest level in seven years, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The CBI Services Sector survey identified the hospitality industry, leisure industry and personal services industry as having been particularly affected by the tough trading conditions. The research revealed that a slowdown in consumer spending has resulted in the sales volumes of consumer-services firms such as hotels, bars, restaurants and cinemas falling to levels not seen since 2001. Costs have also increased for firms in the sector, causing profitability to fall to the lowest level since the CBI survey began in 1998. “Service sector firms are concerned about their prospects,&rdqu... »