New figures say it's estimated that the pub and restaurant industry brings around £10.6 billion to the economy.
It is also reported that nearly half of the people employed in the industry are under 25.
Organisations representing the industry say there is a desperate need for more staff, they say the pub and bar industry alone will need an additional 212,000 workers by 2020.
New research shows there is a great need for chefs in particular, with a study concluding that these culinary jobs are particularly ‘hard to fill’.
Brigid Simmons the Chief Executive of BBPA said: “With the eating out market growing at around 2.8 per cent, and further growth expected throughout 2015, we need to take action to attract and train young chefs who can develop their skills as our sector continues to be at the forefront of this trend.”
The British Institute and Innkeeping Awarding Body have introduced a Level 2 Chef Apprenticeship qualification in pub chef skills and operations. The qualification has been developed to meet the specific needs of the industry and to offer a clear route into kitchen management roles.
The apprenticeship covers key topics including food safety, teamwork, conflict resolution, the basics and principles of a comprehensive range of dish preparation, cooking theory, stock control and licensed hospitality operations.
The BII Chief Executive Tim Hulme said: “The new qualification is equally suited to pubs and bars already offering apprenticeships as well as those looking to start recruiting apprentices.”
If you are interested in a career as a Chef, find out further information about the qualification here.
Tim Hulme and chef James Agutu joined Wake Up London to talk about the opportunities for young people.