Scottish hotel businesses pledge to create over 300 jobs

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Representatives from over 100 Scottish hospitality and tourism businesses have pledged to create more than 300 job opportunities to give young people a stepping stone onto a better career in the sector.

Companies made the commitment at The Big Hospitality Conversation, held at Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel in October 22nd, after meeting over 100 young jobseekers eager for a way into the industry. The pledge included 97 jobs, 65 apprenticeships and 180 work experience placements which will help to reduce youth unemployment among 16-24 year olds in Scotland.

Meeting over one hundred young jobseekers at Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel on 22nd October 2014 at The Big Hospitality Conversation, the companies made 342 pledges, which included 97 jobs, 65 apprenticeships and 180 work experience opportunities which will help to reduce youth unemployment amongst 16-24 year olds in Scotland.

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The Big Hospitality Conversation is a nationwide campaign led by the British Hospitality Association in partnership with Believe in Young People, Springboard, Barclays, Business in the Community, People First and the DWP. It offers a commitment to creating job opportunities for 16-24 year olds. Over 34,000 job opportunities have so far been created at events like the one at Glasgow Marriott.

Ufi Ibrahim, CEO of the British Hospitality Association said: “Hospitality is a vibrant and successful industry with even greater growth prospects offering a vast range of career opportunities. The Big Hospitality Conversation has been changing young people’s lives, one apprenticeship, one job or one work experience at a time, and thereby transforming local communities. Our aim at the BHA is to bring the industry together and create 60,000 job opportunities for 16-24 year olds by 2016.”

William Macleod, executive director, BHA Scotland said: “Tourism and hospitality are almost unique in their capacity to build international cultural understanding. What’s important now is that tourism is given every support to succeed, grow and compete internationally. The sector has consistently demonstrated resilience, adaptability and innovation, especially over the last five years or so and is showing clear signs of recovery. This recovery can be sustained if the economic and political conditions are in place to support this. There are a number of British and international hospitality organisations that are investing in Scotland and others have declared their interest in doing the same.”

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