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Springboard study shows that school leavers represent a huge opportunity for the hospitality industry

Research from Springboard shows that 82% of school leavers don’t know what they want to do when they leave full time education. Of those 53% would positively consider a career in the hospitality sector, double the number of those questioned back in 2005.

Commenting, Springboard CEO, Anne Pierce said: “The study tells us two things, one that we have a huge opportunity and secondly that young people understand that the sector is a great place to work, something that Springboard and its supporters have been dedicating huge energy and resource to for over 23 years.”

Adding: ”On-going Springboard research into the influences around career choice shows that there are many factors that contribute to the career decision process – and we’re here to help ensure that the hospitality, tourism and leisure industry is well portrayed in all of them – on-line; social media; careers magazines; consumer press; speakers in schools; TV and radio, but work experience remains the biggest influence on career decisions – it is the deal breaker. Work experience helps with the exploration of career opportunities and it is an important tool in helping change stereotypes of working within hospitality by showcasing the opportunities and progression that are available within the sector.”

Work Experience is critically important if we are to attract the right talent because it:

  • Opens people’s eyes to the breadth of opportunities that exist
  • Show-cases career progression
  • Motivates people to think about the industry and your company as their positive career choice
  • Provides opportunities for talent spotting
  • Builds and develops new and existing skills for you and the student
  • Challenges industry stereotypes
  • Influences career decisions/choices
  • Provides an opportunity to widen the talent pool
  • Enhances the students’ employability
  • Provides a realistic perspective of your business and the sector
  • Inspiring work based learning
  • Allows your organisation to review best practice and make better decisions
  • Builds innovation within the organisation
  • Raises the industry profile 
  • Is a cost effective recruitment tool

 But it needs to be done well, which is why Springboard developed the Quality Standard for Work Experience INSPIRE for the hospitality industry. Smart employers are adopting the standard to guarantee quality work experience. Alongside their INSPIRE programme, Springboard also run initiatives such as FutureChef. FutureChef helps young people aged 12-16 to learn to cook. It inspires them to explore food and cooking as a life skill by developing their culinary talent and informing them about entry routes into the hospitality industry.

Springboard also runs programmes to help young people leaving full time education experience a supported transition into employment and great careers throughout the industry – for those 82% of young people who don’t know what they want to do when they leave school, they would do well to check into Springboard’s KickStart programmes

Springboard are an organisation dedicated to promoting the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry as a great place to work and build a career.

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