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Qbic puts spring in the step of local young people

Young Londoners struggling to find work are being given a helping hand thanks to a philanthropic East End hotel. Qbic Hotel London City has announced a new partnership with the charity Springboard, giving local people an opportunity to jump-start their careers.

Aimed at helping young people to achieve their potential, the Springboard charity supports the unemployed by helping them get back into work within tourism.  Through Springboard, Qbic is providing school and college leavers, and young, disadvantaged and unemployed, with work placements at the cool, urban hotel in Shoreditch.  They’ll experience working in a modern, forward-thinking hotel where staff members are highly valued and their contributions welcomed.  

During their two-week (minimum) placement with Qbic, three young apprentices will kick-start their career and gain experience in hospitality.  Meanwhile, hotel guests - and the wider Qbic team - will benefit from the energy and enthusiasm of young people who are keen to work in this industry.

Julie Fawcett, CEO at Qbic, commented, “At Qbic, we consider social responsibility to go hand in hand with creating an exciting environment for our guests, and for us that means being really connected with local people and initiatives. We’re particularly pleased to be working with Springboard, whose work encourages, motivates and mentors young people to succeed.”  

“As well as showing them what it means to be a truly engaged member of the Qbic team – and that means really caring about how you do your job – we’ll encourage them to use their local knowledge, their personality, and any skills or talents they have to make Qbic a more interesting, fun and creative place. As far as we’re concerned it’s a win-win situation. And if things go well, we’ll find some fantastic new employees along the way,” Julie added.  

Qbic also has partnerships with two other local charities; Bikeworks and FoodCycle, both of which help to train and assist people back into work.

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