Hospitality jobs campaign heads to Bristol

A nationwide campaign aimed at inspiring young people to work in the hospitality and catering industry is set to hit the road and visit Bristol next week.
The Big Hospitality Conversation will head to the city’s Mercure hotel on 13th January where restaurants, businesses and other catering companies will come together to offer new hospitality jobs, work placements and apprenticeships to young job seekers.
The event will be the 22nd to date and will be the first of a packed calendar in 2015 which will see the campaign aiming to generate new jobs in catering and hospitality at events in the likes of Tottenham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Swansea, Belfast, Lambeth, Cardiff, Hackney, Legoland, Bournemouth, Llandudno and Dundee / Perth.
The convention will also hit Preston / Blackpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Exeter, Maidstone and the Isle of Wight before the end of the year.
Led by the British Hospitality Association in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service, Believe in Young People, Springboard, Barclays and the DWP, the campaign has so far created more than 35,000 job opportunities with a target of helping 60,000 young people in to work by 2016.
Commenting on the events, Patrick Dempsey OBE, Chairman of the Big Hospitality Conversation and Managing Director of Premier Inn, said: “Hospitality is a vibrant, growing industry with a lot to offer. There is a huge pool of talent in the 16 to 24 age group and we are committed to helping raise awareness amongst young people that are unemployed, not in education or training, offering significant opportunities for them to join and develop their careers within the hospitality industry.”
The new year could be a positive one for the dining scene in the North of England according to a new report, which predicted that restaurants in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh will all have a bright 12 months.
The BDO also suggested that other trends for 2015 will include increased healthy eating options with more stores selling juices, soups and sushi, while American smokehouses and barbecues will continue to populate the UK’s streets.
By Owen Mckeon
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