British Hospitality Association Cymru organised the conversation in a UK-wide partnership with Springboard and Department for Work and Pensions.
“In an uncertain world, the food, drink and accommodation industry is one of the few sectors of work where jobs are always available to the enthusiastic and driven.
“The hospitality and tourism industry in Wales has very many exciting opportunities to start a rewarding, lifelong careers that could see young people jet-setting to international jobs in stylish destination hotels, fast-tracked to a job in top hotel management, becoming a foodie champion chef or running their own successful food, drink and accommodation business well before their thirtieth birthday,” said David Chapman, executive director of BHA Cymru.
The event held one-to-one and group conversations with key business leaders, students and young jobseekers.
The Big Hospitality Conversation in Llandudno has received support from chef Bryn Williams of Porth Eirias who opened up about his personal career story.
“I love my job - cooking has taken me all over the world and I truly enjoy passing on my knowledge and experiences to young people just starting out in the industry, in the hope they may be able to gain something from it. The kids of today are tomorrow's chefs and it is important to invest in them and their future,” Williams said.
In efforts to develop a strong pipeline of new talent the event also featured panel discussions with apprentices from Premier Inn & Venue Cyrmu who detailed how they worked their way up the hospitality career ladder.
“It was great to welcome all business leaders and candidates at the Imperial for BHC Llandudno, some great stories and networking opportunities. The message to everyone was anything is possible, the opportunities are amazing and there is tremendous support out there if you are committed. Numerous success stories that had been life 2 | P a g e changing for the apprentices interviewed were exceptionally motivating,” said Geoff Lofthouse, director and general manager of the Imperial Hotel Llandudno.
Anne Pierce, Chief Executive of Springboard, said: “We were delighted to be part of the Big Hospitality Conversation here in Llandudno. As one of the founder partners we are proud of this initiative and our work with the BHA in bring businesses and young people together.” Participating businesses include: The Imperial Hotel in Llandudno, Llandudno Hospitality Association, Costa, CAIS Employment Services, Christleton House, Department for Work & Pensions, Guide North Wales, Scope, St Georges Hotel, The Ambassador Hotel, Premier Inn, The Empire Hotel, Lake Vyrnwy Hotel, University of Wales Trinity St David, and the Welsh Rugby Union Group.