HATS Update – January 2024

Draft Tourism Strategy -HATS Response

HATS network submitted a response which focused on People and Skills as a critical pillar in the plan. A draft of their response is available HERE.

Apprenticeship Week 5th-9th February 2024

 For Apprenticeship Week 2024, HATS Network is looking for insights from businesses using apprenticeships into what it means to be an apprenticeship employer. By answering three short questions, you could feature in their new Employer Guide to Apprenticeships and in their social media during Apprenticeship Week. If you support apprenticeships in your business, please get involved by sharing your viewpoint on the benefits of apprenticeships, how you’re using them in your business and top tips for other employers. You can share your views HERE.

Have you signed up to the Hospitality & Tourism Wellbeing and Development Promise?

Commit to being an ’employer of choice’, offering quality training, work-life balance, and support by signing up to the Hospitality & Tourism Wellbeing and Development Promise.​ The Promise sets out the key recommended steps for all employers in the sector to follow to help support employee wellbeing, focused on promoting employee development, mental health and wellbeing, and fair compensation. HATS Network has developed a series of tips and signposts to supporting resources to help employers to implement the Promise. Read more HERE.

Insights into recruitment and retention challenges and approaches

Our recent State of the Workforce 2023 survey highlighted that 67% of employers had experienced challenges in retaining staff in the last 12 months, with some employers estimating annual staff turnover to be as high as 75%. Our first report in the series highlights that skills shortages are by far the greatest concern, with employers finding it difficult to recruit people with the required skills and retain valued employees. The report also showcases a number of the successful approaches being adopted by employers to tackle the recruitment and retention challenges faced. Read more HERE.

Improving employment outcomes for disabled people: Request for employer input

As part of the Department for Communities (DfC) commitment to developing a Disability Employment Strategy, DfC is taking forward two research projects focused on improving employment outcomes for disabled people in Northern Ireland and understanding the challenges that they face. Employers are invited to share their perspectives to inform the research into: (a) reasonable adjustments in the workplace for people with disabilities and  (b) an examination of the unfulfilled employment potential of those with disabilities in NI with a focus on graduate outcomes. A series of virtual group discussions via MS Teams are being hosted by DfC between the 17 and 25 January.  Read more HERE.