69 apprenticeships, work experience or potential job opportunities were pledged at the Big Hospitality Conversation to inspire and educate young people about vibrant careers in hospitality.Industry experts, from across London came together to interact with students and young job seekers looking to get into a career in hospitality, hear their views as well as understand and respond to the challenges they might face with securing employment at the Big Hospitality Conversation held at Skills London - ExCel Centre.
Top businesses including Accor, Marriott Hotel and CH&Co attended the event, pledging live throughout the day alongside Springboard’s CareerScope team who were on hand to offer practical employability advice and guidance on gaining relevant qualifications, interview techniques and career choices.
Abby Paterson, Careers and Education Director, Springboard said “Unemployment in London remains high amongst young people and in order to combat it, businesses need to inspire them at an early stage about careers in the great world of hospitality.”
“This is why the Big Hospitality Conversation worked with the hospitality industry to help change perceptions of careers as well as create and generate employment opportunities for students and young job seekers to avoid them becoming another statistic on the youth unemployment chart, and we have had great success doing so at Skills London.”
The British Hospitality Association’ Big Hospitality Conversation in partnership with Springboard has brought together more than 2,000 business to provide a platform to recruit and offer job and apprentice opportunities for young people through the careers event. It also creates a dialogue between industry leaders and job seekers/students.
Together it has created 43,300 apprenticeships, jobs and work experiences for 16-24 year olds with the goal of generating 60,000 opportunities by the end of next year.