The Big Hospitality Conversation Nottingham

We know a good conversation can lead to great things, this is why we established The Big Hospitality Conversation.

We take great pleasure in inviting you to the Nottingham Big Hospitality Conversation event taking place on Thursday, 12 March 2015 at the East Midlands Conference Centre. The event will commence at 12pm and conclude by 4pm, followed by a careers market place and networking until 5pm.

As you may know, The Big Hospitality Conversation is the bellwether campaign of the Hospitality & Tourism industry.  The Big Hospitality Conversation has a threefold mission:

1.    To promote Hospitality as a career of choice

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) estimates that some 80% of leaders in our industry achieved their executive, franchisee/ownership, chef and management positions by working their way up. The Big Hospitality Conversation is the BHA’s flagship campaign promoting great career journeys and the sheer breadth of Hospitality jobs. We need every business in the United Kingdom to get behind this campaign, and to play their part in altering the current misconception of Hospitality jobs being ‘low-skilled’, ‘low paid’ and leading to ‘dead-ends’. Working with ITN, the trade press, our partners from Springboard, Believe in Young People, Department of Work and Pensions, JobCentrePlus, National Apprenticeship Service, and Barclays, we are committed to inspiring the next generation to appreciate Hospitality careers.

2.    To facilitate meaningful dialogue between young jobseekers and employers

Over 1,500 Hospitality Chief Executives and HR Directors have connected with young jobseekers across the UK to generate over 37,000 new jobs, apprenticeships and structured work placements in our industry in the past 18 months.

3.    To demonstrate–to local & national government, the media and public at large–the power of the industry to create jobs, especially for young people

Our target is to create 60,000 Hospitality career opportunities for 16 to 24 year olds by 2016. Through The Big Hospitality Conversation, the BHA encourages members to ‘pledge’ their new job, apprenticeship or placement opportunities.

Working with our partners, we offer support and guidance to our members where it is needed. We celebrate not just the numbers of careers that our members are helping to grow, but the narratives of the young lives that are being changed for the better.

Up and down the country, businesses like yours are sowing the seeds for your own future, nurturing young talent by creating quality work experience, apprenticeships and jobs for 16-24 year olds. It is our responsibility, as local employers and a community of Hospitality ambassadors, to support young people by proving them first-hand that rewarding careers can be built in the industry.

We look forward to you joining us for this exciting event on Thursday, 12 March 2015 at the East Midlands Conference Centre, and encourage you to bring your HR Director along.

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P.S. There is limited availability for this VIP event, places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis and will go quickly. Please note we will admit only one representative per company.

To find out even more about the initiative have a look at our website bha.org.uk/bhconversation. Follow links to see pictures and videos.

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