The British Hospitality Association (BHA) is hosting its latest ‘Big Hospitality Conversation’ tomorrow aimed at pledging to create new jobs for young people.
Hotels and restaurants attending the event today will be encouraged to adopt an approach to work placements, internships and apprenticeships for those aged between 16-24 years old. Previous events have already seen companies pledge to create 30,000 jobs up to 2015, with more to come following the event with restaurants today.
“Galvanised by the BHA’s Big Hospitality Conversation, Britain’s hospitality industry is leading the fight on youth unemployment. In just twelve months, our industry created 31,000 new career opportunities for 16 to 24 year olds, offering that vital first step onto a rewarding career ladder in hospitality,” said Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of BHA.
“I have no doubt that many of those entering the industry through the Big Hospitality Conversation will make it to the very top, thereby joining the thousands of British chairpersons, managing directors, senior executives and entrepreneurs, who all started out at entry level in hospitality. There are very few other industries that can boast such progression and advancement in career terms”.
The scheme has also been praised by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who said: “London’s restaurant and hospitality scene is vibrant and diverse, offering an eclectic range of career options for our young people. The Big Hospitality Conversation is an excellent initiative which is set to support growth and job creation in this world-leading sector. This is in line with my ambitions to promote apprenticeships in the capital, with the aim to provide 250,000 places by 2016.”