First Dates’ maitre d’hotel Fred Sirieix is backing a national campaign to encourage young people into pursuing a career in hospitality.
The Channel 4 star and general manager at Galvin at Windows, has fronted a video in support of My Hospitality Life – a UK wide initiative launched by the Edge Hotel School in Essex.
Principal of the Edge Hotel School Andrew Boer, who devised the campaign, said: “There is evidence from the industry that Brexit is having an effect. It’s a real concern.
“The reality is we don’t currently have enough home-grown talent to fill the positions that are likely to become available. We didn’t have that before and – as things stand – we certainly won’t have it in a few years’ time after we leave the EU.
“We want to reverse that trend so that we have a workforce fit for the future. Currently young people aren’t aware of just how vibrant and exciting a career in hospitality can be.
“There’s a perception that it’s all about making beds or waiting tables. But it’s much more than that. It can lead to a whole variety of roles that span design, revenue management, finance, talent development, law and marketing. It involves real business acumen.”
Sharing his love for hospitality Fred said: “You could be working in a wide variety of roles. From being a chef or a waiter, to managing events, such as weddings, concerts or even festivals, to international hotel marketing, working on cruise liners or even being a general manager of a five-star hotel.
“You have the choice to work anywhere in the world, from exotic locations to vibrant cities, or even in your home town. It really is one of the most varied and exciting industries in the world. There is a role for everyone.”
As part of My Hospitality Life, representatives from the Edge Hotel School are visiting schools and colleges throughout the UK to promote the hospitality industry and highlight the opportunities available.
My Hospitality Life has been launched in partnership with The Edge Foundation and The Springboard Charity, which helps disadvantaged and underprivileged young people find work within hospitality, leisure and tourism.