This week industry held a ‘Big Conversation‘ to highlight the importance of young people being inspired to come into the industry.
Hosted by Business in the Community (BitC), The British Hospitality Association (BHA) and Springboard, leading figures from hotels, restaurant and pubs across the UK were welcomed to discuss youth unemployment and work experience.
With hospitality as the fifth largest employer in the country and £1bn of funding to be injected by Government to get 160,000 18-24 year-olds into work over the next four years there are great prospects for new blood for the industry.
Large employers have already begun their own initiatives that will be implemented over the next three years:
- Hilton Worldwide announced 1800 UK jobs to be created.
- Accor unveiled a new training academy in London along with the creation of 3,500 hotel jobs.
- Whitbread sets out to create 10,000 new jobs.
- InterContinental Hotels Group created 1,000 jobs in the UK in 2011 and pledges to create a further 3,000.
- The De Vere Academy hopes to have over 10,000 apprentices.
Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive (BHA) said, “There are about 200,000 hospitality businesses in the UK. If each one of us took just one person on-board, we’d meet our target. How difficult can that be?”
Now is the time to attract new talent into the industry to support the future pipeline of skills coming through. As recruiters you can be the first port of call in some young people’s experience of coming into the industry and the ‘Big Conversation‘ will encourage many employers to capture a share of this market.
Speak to one of our team or visit the media centre to find out how to our online tools to attract the right talent for positions available in your business.