Hospitality & Tourism Industries to Create 30,000 Jobs for Young People by 2015
Julie Proctor, Head of Hospitality for Lifetime Training, has welcomed the announcement (last week) from The British Hospitality Association (BHA) that the hospitality and tourism industries will create 30,000 new job opportunities for young people by 2015:
“A large proportion of the new hospitality jobs created, around 10% (11,103) will take the form of Apprenticeships, which is great news for young job seekers. Apprenticeships in the hospitality industry offer a number of benefits for both young people and the employer. A young person learns the skills and gets the experience they need to develop a lifelong career, while in paid work. Employers benefit from a motivated employee and everything that comes with that; increased service quality, staff efficiency, productivity and retention.”
The Hospitality industry is now the UK’s fourth largest sector, employing 10% of the national workforce and the BHA has coordinated the industry’s biggest ever job creation drive, offering opportunities to unemployed young people in the UK. Over 1,200 industry representatives have made job opportunity pledges including major hospitality organisations, including Lifetime Training customers Hilton, Compass UK, and Marriot.
The BHA, together with Business in the Community (one of the Prince of Wales’ charities) and the charity Springboard, have arranged a series of events to find out about the challenges young people face in finding work, apprenticeships and work placements.
“As an industry leading provider of hospitality Apprenticeships, Lifetime Training, like the BHA and its partners, is passionate about helping businesses succeed by bringing the best out of the individual, and is dedicated to introducing more young talent into the sector through government funded Apprenticeship programmes.”