Nottingham-based Skills and Education Group, an additional education and skills sector membership body, has acquired BIIAB Qualifications Limited (referred to as BIIAB), a long-standing part of the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII).
As area of the Group, BIIAB will retain its identity, services in qualifications and apprenticeships available to BII members.
Through the acquisition, Skills and Education Group further strengthens its position in the marketplace and builds on its product portfolio in order to continue to meet local, national, and international skills needs.
Paul Eeles, Chief Executive of Skills and Education Group, said: “As a fellow of the BII, and having started my career in the hospitality industry, I am delighted that BIIAB is joining Skills and Education Group.
“I'm hugely passionate about the sector, nearly as much as I am about further education, and I believe this is a fantastic opportunity to bring these two things together.
“As we turn to the future, having a qualified and skilled workforce is critical to the success of the hospitality industry. I am really looking forward to working closely with Steve and his team at the BII to continue to champion the industry’s workforce with key stakeholders.”
Steven Alton, Chief Executive of the BII, said: “The hospitality industry faces significant challenges because it rebuilds following the impact of the pandemic. Attracting, developing, supporting, and retaining great talent will be central to its future success.
“The combined strength from the Skills and Education Group and also the BIIAB collaborating with the British Institute of Innkeeping allows us to fully support our members to be at the heart of the economic recovery.
“The BII will continue to invest in its core services supporting its growing membership, including expert helplines, regular clear and actionable information through INNFocus, social media and our website, national recognition awards, member events, BII News and engaging government and key stakeholders on behalf of our members.”