Boutique name, Philip Newman Hall, MD of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has called for the hotel industry to raise awareness of jobs in the sector and encourage more young people to consider hospitality as a career path.
Addressing key industry influencers at the Ambassadors and Sponsors Reception for the Gold Service Scholarship in April, Newman Hall said: “We need to make hospitality a career choice for children from an early age, as well as change the attitudes of parents.”
The session also highlighted the urgent need in the hospitality industry for recruitment into service roles. The hospitality and tourism sector will need an additional 660,200 people to be recruited into the industry by 2020 and service roles such as waiters are currently often seen to be suitable for short term jobs rather than a long term career.
It is clear that efforts need to be made to change perceptions about front of house roles and make them more appealing to potential candidates. Newman Hall agreed: “The industry needs the Gold Service Scholarship to raise the level of respect and awareness of the importance of service in our industry. In return we need the industry to get behind the Gold Service Scholarship and to encourage more entrants, at all levels and from all areas of the UK.”
The winners of the Gold Service Scholarship help raise the profile of service roles by becoming the faces of the competition and the industry.
Now in its fourth year, the Gold Service Scholarship 2016 will be opening for entries in September 2015. It is important for the industry to support initiatives like this and to encourage both employees to enter and employers to support applicants. Potential applicants need to be made aware of the career development support made available to them and employers will benefit from additional publicity and profile; it has advantages for all those involved.
Employers can find out about the Gold Service Scholarship and how they can get involved at www.thegoldservicescholarship.co.uk.