850 jobs for 16-24 year olds at The Big Hospitality Conversation Dundee


Pictured from the left Jacqui Allum, Director Big Hospitality Conversation, Annabelle Ewing MSP, Willie Macleod, Executive Director BHA Scotland

Annabelle Ewing MSP congratulates over 100 businesses for pledging over 850 jobs for 16-24 year olds at The Big Hospitality Conversation Dundee

Over 850 job opportunities, apprenticeships and work placements for 16 to 24 year olds were pledged today, Tuesday 26th January, by over 100 businesses at the Big Hospitality Conversation at the Apex Hotel in Dundee, attended by the Minister for Youth and Women's Employment, Annabelle Ewing, MSP.

Winner of Scotland’s Young Chef of the Year, Adam Newth, and MasterChef The Professionals reigning champion, Jamie Scott Award also attended the 3rd Scottish event at the Apex Hotel, which was led by the British Hospitality Association in a UK-wide partnership with Springboard and Department for Work and Pensions.

The aim was to generate job opportunities and showcase hospitality and tourism as an exciting career path by bringing restaurants, hotels and food service management companies, including Premier Inn and Diageo, together to take part in the ‘Big Hospitality Conversation’ with young people and help reach the target of 60,000 hospitality career starts for young people by the end of 2016.

Annabelle Ewing MSP, said: “In Scotland we are blessed with beautiful locations, incredible produce and a tourism sector that offers excellence from hostelling right up to some of the most prestigious hotels, restaurants and attractions on offer as was demonstrated during our very successful Year of Food and Drink just past in 2015. While that presents extraordinary opportunities, it can be daunting for those just starting out in their career and knowing where to start to get the skills necessary.

“British Hospitality Association and Springboard have shown how powerful events like this are in showcasing the huge variety of jobs and opportunities available in Scottish tourism. I am delighted to be able to meet some of the employers and the talented youngsters they are training who will continue our great global reputation for offering customers – from home and abroad – a warm welcome and excellent service that makes Scotland an unmissable destination.” 

Willie Macleod, Executive Director BHA Scotland, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the huge success of today’s event where over 850 jobs opportunities were pledged and also very grateful for the ongoing support from Annabelle Ewing MSP and our two award-winning chefs, Adam and Jamie.

“For so many companies to come together and successfully attract so many young people towards career opportunities in the hospitality industry is a great achievement. Linking up businesses and young people to have conversations about different roles and the opportunity for development in the hospitality industry really can make a huge impact on a young person’s life which was clearly evident today.”

Kelly Johnstone, Scottish Director of Springboard, said:  “What a fantastic day it has been, we’ve managed to succeed all expectations regarding the pledges, which is outstanding. The young people hosting and telling their stories were hugely inspirational for everyone who attended. Huge thanks and appreciation to everyone who came along on the day and helped make it happen. It was great to be able to bring so many businesses, people from education and young people together.”

The event in Dundee was the 36th Big Hospitality Conversation event in the UK and it brought the total number of opportunities for young people to 48,000.

The event was sponsored by Apex Hotels, Tayside Audio Visual (TAV) in Forfar, Brakes and Fishers Laundry in Cupar.

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