We have some exciting news to share, which will benefit our Teaching Centre partners and the students that are studying CTH qualifications around the world...
In early February 2018, CTH put the seal on an exciting new partnership with global industry membership body, the Institute of Hospitality.
Whilst CTH is the dedicated qualifications body for the hospitality industry, the Institute of Hospitality (IoH) is the professional membership body for the sector. It was felt that there was an ideal partnership opportunity in which CTH would take over the Institute's qualifications role whilst simultaneously the Institute would take over CTH's professional career membership activities.
From this month, all IoH Ofqual-regulated qualifications are being transferred to CTH, along with all the Institute's Approved Teaching Centres worldwide. At the same time CTH will discontinue its own professional membership service and instead recommend its graduating students to IoH Professional Membership. This will open up the graduates to a large network of managers/directors of hotels and hospitality venues. In addition, by becoming IoH members they will be able to add 'post-nominal' letters after their name, elevating their profile in the industry. More good news is that for CTH students this Professional Membership will be at an extra special rate for the first year of just £25.
The partnership makes it possible for CTH to concentrate on its prime objective; that of providing the Gold Standard in Hospitality, Culinary and Tourism qualifications.
Simon Cleaver, CTH Director of Membership, said:
Whilst the Institute of Hospitality is the professional membership body for the hospitality industry, CTH is the dedicated qualifications body. At CTH, we live and breathe qualifications, just that, nothing else.
The great thing about our new partnership is that it frees the Institute up to concentrate on its wider membership and career development roles, whilst also securing access to a stream of new potential members from CTH's global student reach. And for CTH, it provides both access to the Institute's unparalleled industry expertise for new qualification development and a great professional membership pathway for graduating students.
Commenting on the new agreement, the Institute's Chief Executive, Peter Ducker said:
We believe that CTH has the resources and knowledge to offer our Centres and Learners a first-class service and support, and it is for this reason that we are relinquishing our Ofqual Awarding Body recognition. We will, however still be involved and have oversight of our qualifications' progress and the Institute of Hospitality brand, as members of CTH's Academic Board.
We continue to be committed to our mission to promote professionalism in hospitality management through lifelong learning. We believe that this is best achieved through partnering with CTH and drawing on the expertise and industry knowledge of our Members and Fellows to help us have an input into the design and creation of new qualifications to meet the needs of our fast-moving industry.
Exciting times ahead, I'm sure you will agree!