Hospitality and restaurant businesses from the Manchester area have joined forces to pledge 225 new job opportunities for young people in the local area by 2015. The pledges were made at the British Hospitality Association’s Big Hospitality Conversation held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian on May 12th2014.
The job opportunities pledged included 34 jobs, 66 apprenticeships and 125 paid work experience opportunities that will help to reduce youth unemployment amongst 16-24 year olds in the area. Top hotel and restaurants made the pledges, including Hilton; HIT Training; Hotel Futures; Jurys Inn Manchester; Living Ventures Restaurants; Manchester Council; Marriott; Mercure Manchester Piccadilly; Premier Inn; Radisson Blu Edwardian; Tampopo Ltd; Trinity Business College – Salford City College; Whitbread Hotels & Resorts and Blue.
Led by the BHA in partnership with Springboard, Business in the Community (BiTC) and Barclays, the Big Hospitality Conversation is the BHA’s biggest ever jobs drive, designed to help tackle youth unemployment as well as embracing a common approach to work placements, internships and apprenticeships.
James Latham, Director of the Big Hospitality Conversation said: “The Manchester Big Hospitality Conversation came together perfectly because of the desire, commitment and genuine intentions of both the local businesses and the young people attending.The Big Hospitality Conversation is the voice of job creation for young people. It is a forum for conversation and debate; a place where local hospitality and tourism businesses have the opportunity to translate a real economic challenge – youth unemployment – into something positive, making real pledges.”