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This unit will enable learners to gain understanding of the nature and diversity of hospitality and its constituent industries, including the range of job roles and employment possibilities.
Learners will explore the dynamic characteristics of hospitality, concentrating on current topical issues and future trends and developments, building a range of skills including research and the analysis of information, justification of ideas, evaluation and critical thinking. This unit introduces learners to the scope, scale and diversity of hospitality. It establishes a framework for the industry, using agreed definitions and the Standard Industrial Classification of the industries that encompass hospitality. Centres and their learners may reasonably wish to adopt a national perspective for this unit; however, it is also important for learners to consider local and international aspects to gain a comprehensive and balanced view. Learners are expected to be knowledgeable about particular businesses, their names, brands and the industries with which they are associated. Learners will examine different forms of business ownership and structure. This will create an opportunity to research contemporary issues and recent developments affecting the industry. It will also allow learners to analyse and evaluate breaking news and unexpected developments. Learners will investigate the nature and changing situation of hospitality staff. They will examine staff roles and responsibilities in a range of contexts and explore aspects of staff employment. The skills required to recognise and predict future trends and developments likely to affect hospitality operations and management will also be developed. The trends may have an internal industry focus or concentrate on external factors including legislation, political, technical, economic and environmental influences. Learners will gain an awareness of the organisations and professional bodies associated with the hospitality industry.
Local and national statistics are needed to support learners’ achievement of this unit. Directories, newspapers and local and national guides for the hospitality industry are also needed. Learners must be encouraged to read publications such as Caterer and Hotelkeeper and Hospitality on a regular basis to develop their awareness of the industry, including employment and contemporary issues, as well as specialist industry publications relating to the events industry. Relevant DVD and case study examples focusing on aspects of the hospitality industry, such as jobs, employment and career opportunities as well as ‘reality TV’ programmes, are a relevant important resource