The government’s decision to delay introducing new technical qualifications in England for the industry until a year and a half after the anticipated end of free movement has been criticised by the British Hospitality Association.

BHA Chief Executive Ufi Ibrahim fears the delay will cost jobs and growth, especially since a KPMG report commissioned by the BHA shows the hospitality sector will need an additional 60,000 workers per year for growth, plus 200,000 workers to replace churn each year.

The first teaching of the new Catering and Hospitality T-Level is now delayed until September 2022, 18 months after the anticipated end of freedom of movement post-Brexit.

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