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Leisure sector jobs in London receive new skills pledge

Published: Wednesday, 11 July 2007   Category: Sport and leisure

Mayor Ken Livingstone has launched a new hospitality skills strategy in a bid to boost training and standards in all hospitality and leisure sector jobs in London in the run up to the 2012 Olympics in the city.

The new strategy has been prepared by People1st, the sector skills council responsible for the hospitality sector, and focuses on a ten-point plan of priorities and the development of a Skills Passport for all staff in the industry.

Among areas of improvement felt to be key for the development top-class hospitality and leisure sector jobs in London, is a need to focus on getting the right qualifications, improving overall staff calibre and giving broad improvements to customer service capabilities within the industry.

"For the next few years leading up to the 2012 Games and beyond London will be the focus of the world. We are expecting a huge increase in the many millions of tourists who currently visit our capital from abroad and from around the UK and we must grasp the opportunity to ensure we offer a first class welcome to everyone - a welcome they will never forget," commented Mr Livingstone at the launch of the new scheme.

"But we must all continue working together to ensure that we give all Londoners the skills they need so they too can benefit from the 2012 Games and make a real contribution to the capital's economic prosperity," he added.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18208219-ADNFCR

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