Nationwide hospitality campaign comes to Leeds to inspire next generation

Leeds is to host The Big Hospitality Conversation as part of nationwide campaign to create up to 60,000 jobs for young people by the end of 2016.
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Leeds is to host The Big Hospitality Conversation as part of nationwide campaign to create up to 60,000 jobs for young people by the end of 2016.

The Leeds Hotels and Venues Association is delighted to announce that the event, supported by LeedsBID, is coming to the Queens Hotel, on September 26th and is encouraging those with appetite for the industry as well as businesses in the city to get involved.

The 41st Big Hospitality Conversation event will see over 100 hospitality business leaders, restauranteurs, hoteliers and caterers from across the region will come together for the one-day event to pledge jobs, apprenticeships and work placements for young Britons.

Anyone interested in a potential career in hospitality is urged to attend from young people who haven’t decided what qualifications they want to do yet, students already at university or college who are looking at career and employment options, or those currently unemployed.

Over 4.49m people are employed in hospitality and tourism and as the UK’s fourth largest industry, the hospitality sector accounts for 17% of total UK jobs growth. One-third of staff employed in hospitality are under 25, and most of those who end up in a management role do so before they are 30. The hospitality sector has a skills shortage, particularly for managers and chefs and needs to recruit an additional 100,000 skilled workers by 2020 in order to keep up with predicted growth.

 Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association said: “The 41st event to date will allow Leeds youth to take the chance to meet great employers in the region and leave with a job offer! We are proud that our campaign continues to demonstrate the importance of action when it comes inspiring the next generation.”

 Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive of LeedsBID, said: “This is a really important event for Leeds and we are delighted that we have been able to financially support it. One of our main business objectives is to focus on creating employment opportunities, particularly youth unemployment which in Leeds is just short of 19% of all 16-24 year olds.”

The Big Hospitality Conversation is a nationwide campaign led by the British Hospitality Association, in partnership with Springboard, National Apprenticeship Service and the Department for Work and Pensions, and offers a commitment to creating job opportunities for 16-24 year olds. Over 57,000 job opportunities have so far been created at events like the one in Leeds and the aim is for the hospitality industry to create up to 60,000 jobs for young people by 2016.

The event is open from 11am – 12pm for young people aged 14-16, and from 1pm-4pm for everybody. For more information and to register please contact http://bit.ly/BHCJobSeekers or e-mail gabriella@bha.org.uk.

Hospitality businesses, with placement and employment opportunities wishing to attend the event are invited to register at http://bit.ly/BHCbusinesss