BHA announces 6,000 jobs for 16-24 year olds by end of 2014

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The British Hospitality Association, along with leading hospitality employers, has announced plans to create 6,000 jobs within the industry by the end of this year.

The news comes on the morning of the Big Hospitality Conversation, where representatives from more than 100 hospitality businesses will meet in London’s City Hall to discuss the future of the sector and on-the-spot jobs will be on offer to young job seekers.

It is estimated that some 900,000 young people are not in education, employment or training, and experts warn the problem isn’t improving fast enough despite the economy returning to pre-recession levels.

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Many young people are still out of work despite there being thousands of job vacancies in the industry, and the BHA says it’s this disconnect between jobs on offer and what these young people will consider as a career option which is causing concern.

The announcement today forms part of a wider job creation programme in the hospitality industry, with 300,000 jobs needing to be filled by 2020. Out of this figure, 60,000 of these jobs will be earmarked for 16-24 year olds.

As part of the Big Hospitality Conversation, renowned restaurateur and chef Brian Turner will join over 100 hospitality industry chiefs and some 400 young job seekers at London’s City Hall to promote hospitality as a career option for young people.

Tourism Minister Helen Grant said: “The hospitality sector is a thriving and dynamic one that can offer people a fulfilling, challenging career with great opportunities for progression. The Big Hospitality Conversation shows young people the exciting options available to them and will help unearth the sector’s leaders of tomorrow.”

Ufi Ibrahim, CEO 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 We urge young people to look beyond outdated viewpoints and join our industry.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.”

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