Why Work Experience Matters
Springboard’s latest research, ‘Young People’s Perceptions to Hospitality as a Career Choice and the Factors Affecting Career Choice’ (Dec 2011), backed by Sector Skills Council and People 1st showed that work experience remains the single most important factor influencing career choice – However not all work experience is good. The industry needs to offer more and better quality work experience opportunities to convert this potential. That’s why commitment to BiTC’s Work Inspirations Campaign and Springboard’s INSPIRE work experience Quality Standard is vital.
Providing Youth Employment
Youth unemployment is at record levels with over one million school leavers and graduates out of work. Yet, hospitality has more vacancies now than a year ago, so there is a huge opportunity for the industry to take a lead in combatting youth unemployment and developing new strategies to create job opportunities. There are a variety of schemes to support young people into hospitality such as Galvin’s Chance, Accor’s Hospitality Futures & Springboard’s Into Work Programme. Forward thinking companies have already committed to employing local young people.
The Value of Apprenticeships
Fresh young talent brought into our businesses through apprenticeships enhance the bottom line through increased productivity and competitiveness. Their skills are designed around the businesses’ needs and those skills can be nurtured for the future long term benefit of both employer and employee.