New event set to promote housekeeping jobs

A new event aimed at encouraging people to consider a career in housekeeping is set to launch later this year.
 
Held at The Dorchester on Monday 7th September, the day is being organised by Springboard and the British Hospitality Association and will be the first Big Hospitality Conversation to focus entirely on roles within the housekeeping sector.
 
Many of the industry’s biggest employers are set to attend where they are expected to pledge new job opportunities, apprenticeships and work placements for both job seekers and students.
 
Since its inception, the Big Hospitality Conversation has helped to create more than 43,000 catering and hospitality jobs for young people with a target of creating up to 60,000 new roles by 2016.
 
Speaking about the event, Anne Pierce, Chief Executive at Springboard, said: “The Housekeeping Careers Festival is all about changing perceptions of careers in housekeeping and hospitality. We aim to show that it’s not just about making beds or cleaning, there are a variety of career opportunities that lead to great roles.”
 
She added that candidates who worked hard and showed a willingness to learn could have the opportunity to progress in the sector and secure hospitality management jobs.
 
Earlier in the month, Springboard’s Chairman was honoured at The Cateys where he took home the Special Award.
 
In front of around 1,200 people at Grosvenor House in London, Stephen Moss was handed the prize in recognition for his career in the industry, during which he launched the career advice charity that is aimed at helping young people find jobs in the hospitality and catering industry.
 
Hi career has also seen him awarded with an MBE for services to the restaurant sector and a CBE for his work involving education and training.
 
Also celebrating at the ceremony were Sat Bains, who took home the Chef Award, the Ox in Belfast, which was given the Menu of the Year prize, and Wahaca, which won the Sustainable Business Award.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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