The Academy, a multi-million pound investment designed to develop much needed skills in the hospitality industry, with a focus on supporting young people from disadvantaged areas to “build careers in the sector”.
Combining outreach and learning, the physical and online hub will be based in the West Midlands and is due to open in 2023.
It will train people in a range of disciplines, including hospitality, culinary and services, amid talent shortages across the industry. The Academy will target people in the UK’s ‘cold spots’, the parts of the country with the lowest prospects in education and employment, to provide an opportunity to “enter the world of work and develop a fulfilling career”.
From early next year, Compass will begin measuring the social-economic background of its 40,000 employees, with the view to provide the support to help colleagues from all backgrounds progress and grow careers in the business. They will be able to track the impact of positive interventions through training and skills development.
To ensure the Academy achieves Compass’ goal of improving social mobility in the UK, the food and support services provider has appointed Chris Moore as its managing director.
The Academy will aim to train over 12,000 people a year.
Robin Mills, managing director for Compass Group UK and Ireland, said: “I am delighted to have launched our Compass Group Academy, it is a really important step in our commitment to create opportunity for all, whatever someone’s background.
“Compass is uniquely placed as a business to do this; our reach extends across the country and we have a genuine ability to create opportunities in the places that need them most. Our Academy will help address the skills crisis the industry faces but will also help people in the most disadvantaged areas get on that crucial first rung on the ladder.”
Moore said: “I can’t wait to get started and deliver the new Compass Academy. I have seen first-hand the power that training and upskilling brings to people – it has the ability to change people’s lives.
“Overseeing the creation, development and operation of this centre for excellence is really exciting. This is a hugely ambitious project that will really drive social mobility as well as bring great benefits to the hospitality sector. The social outreach ambitions coupled with learning excellence are what will make the Compass academy unique.”
“Those venues provide so many opportunities which, with hard work, determination and aptitude, gets people to the top, regardless of their background. It’s exciting to see the opportunities that the Compass Academy will create for people and I am delighted to see Compass aligning its social mobility commitments with its sustainability goals, a challenge that the industry as a whole has to swiftly address.“