April 2014- Update concerning PATH

The CHME Executive, under the coordination of Prof Stephen Ball, are actively reviewing the role, purpose and future of the PATH (the Placement Advisors for Tourism and Hospitality) group.  It is important that CHME provides a vibrant, up to date platform that allows hospitality professionals and providers of university level Hospitality programmes to discuss, consider and research  employability; work based learning; placements; graduate opportunities; and graduate training schemes within this vibrant, exciting and broad industry.

More information will follow at a formal launch through the AGM on 29th May 2014 at the CHME Research Conference in Buxton at the University of Derby.

PATHLogoPlacement Advisors for Tourism & Hospitality (PATH) works with universities/colleges and employers to promote, support and develop high quality work placements within tourism, hospitality and related industries.  PATH operates for the benefit of students in higher and further education in the UK and seeks to provide advice and support to educators and employers who wish to provide work placement opportunities in their organisations.


The aim of PATH is to promote and support  high quality  work placements in hospitality, tourism and related industries.


  1. Promote high quality work placement for tourism, hospitality and related industries by encouraging the adoption of quality standards as represented in the PATH Good Practice Guidelines.
  2. Promote and disseminate good practice in learning, teaching and assessment and in curriculum development supporting work placement and graduate employability.
  3. Promote and disseminate research and scholarship which informs and enhances curriculum development and approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in work-based learning.
  4. Promote and disseminate research and scholarship which informs work placement practices in tourism and hospitality organisations.
  5.  Promote effective and beneficial links between industry and education.


Annual conference

The conference brings together educators and employers from the UK and abroad and provides a fantastic networking forum as well as an opportunity for discussing good practice in work placement. From 2015 the conference will be integrated with the CHME Research Conference in Manchester.

Past conference themes have addressed topical issues such as:

  • 'Profitable Partnerships: adding value through quality work placements' (Oxford 2006);
  • 'International Issues in Work Experience: A Key Focus for Hospitality and Tourism' (Liverpool 2007);
  • '2020 Vision: tourism and hospitality work placements fit for the 21st century?' (Dublin 2008)
  • 'Investing in talent for a positive future: the role of hospitality & tourism work placements' (Edinburgh 2009)
  • 'Adding real value to businesses: hospitality & tourism work placements' (London 2010)


Good Practice Guidelines for Work Placement

PATH has produced a useful set of Guidelines for the operation of work placements.  Work placement requires a strong commitment from the three key partners: the student, the employer and the educator.  This leaflet which is freely available on the CHME website summarises what each of the partners needs to think about if they are to operate a successful work placement scheme.  This guidance is based on the views of educators and employers with many years of experience in operating work placement, and on the feedback of students who have participated in work placement as part of their course.  Click here to access the Good Practice Guidelines. To get a copy of the PATH Good Practice Leaflet, click here.

Other resources and training

A key objective of PATH is develop a series of useful practical resources and training courses to help different parties enhance the quality of work placements.  Information about these resources and training courses will be publicised on the CHME website as they become available. 

Please contact Isabell R Hodgson. CHME Coordinator for all queries relating to PATH