The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has reaffirmed its commitment to increase the number of apprenticeship starts in the hospitality sector by more than 50 per cent.

The BBPA is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week and marking the impact apprenticeships have on individuals, employers and the economy.

From 2017 to 2018, there were 18,560 new apprentices who started in the hospitality sector. As part of the Sector Deal for Tourism, the BBPA and other partners have committed to achieving 30,000 hospitality apprenticeship starts annually by 2025.

Apprenticeships add value to both brewing and pubs and after support from the BBPA, the UK's first brewer apprenticeship was launched last year.

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: "National Apprenticeship Week allows pubs, brewers and the wider hospitality sector to demonstrate the great careers we have to offer.

"We're especially proud of our commitment to increase the number of apprenticeships by more than 50% in hospitality as part of the Sector Deal for Tourism.

"We need to attract more people to work in our sector, and apprenticeships are a fantastic way of doing this, as shown by the success of the brewer apprenticeship which the BBPA helped to create and implement."