COUNCILLORS are being asked to back a ‘Hospitality Skills Academy’ with funding of £29,500.
A report is due to be tabled at a Mid & East Antrim Borough Council committee meeting on Monday night.
It would be a pilot scheme in 2020-21 in partnership with the NOW Group.
The report says: ‘Members will be aware of the skills gap and difficulties to fill positions in the local catering and hospitality sector.
‘Tourism Northern Ireland has ambitions to double the sector’s ‘Gross Value Added’ in the next ten years and expects up to 25,000 additional jobs will be created.
‘Further research estimates that an extra 2,000 chefs will be required in Northern Ireland by 2024.
‘However, employers within the sector have long complained of skills and labour shortages at all levels, an issue which is expected to be exacerbated by the economic challenges surrounding coronavirus and the uncertainty around Brexit.’
The report says an opportunity has been developed in partnership with the NOW group to provide a hospitality skills academy which will provide sector specific training.
The report says the NOW Group are an ‘award-winning social enterprise in Northern Ireland with four successful social enterprises including LOAF Catering’.