Thousands of new hospitality jobs created

Young people currently looking for a catering and hospitality job have been given a massive boost with the news that thousands of new roles have been created.
 
By the end of the year, a total of 6,000 hospitality jobs will be made available for candidates aged between 16 and 24.
 
The announcement was made by various employers and the Big Hospitality Association, which earlier this week held the Big Hospitality Conversation at London’s City Hall where many young people were told about the benefits of a career in hospitality and made aware of the new ‘on the spot’ jobs available to them. Previous similar events have already created around 34,000 roles.
 
According to the association, around 300,000 new hospitality and catering jobs need to be filled by 2020 to keep up with market demand and the industry’s expansion, with around 60,000 of these earmarked for young people. The association claimed that the industry could provide a gateway to help tackle long-term youth unemployment.
 
Speaking about the initiative, Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive Officer of the British Hospitality Association said: “Hospitality is a successful industry with even greater growth prospects offering a vast range of job opportunities for all job seekers of any age. However, there are still widespread misconceptions amongst many outside the industry who don’t see the value in hospitality careers.
 
“We urge young people to look beyond outdated viewpoints and join our industry. The breadth of job roles and the training available means that bright and focused young people can succeed very quickly.”
 
According to a separate survey, many people working in the sector might need to undergo more training, with 53 per cent of businesses saying their employees lacked good customer service skills, despite 87 per cent claiming these attributes were important to their business going forward.
 
The report from People 1st also found that 66 per cent of employers had taught these skills to their staff over the past 12 months, although 41 per cent said they had not noticed any improvement since.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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