Hospitality Story

Taking a closer look at the Big Hospitality Conversation events

The Big Hospitality Conversation event travels to Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

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BHA Chief Executive, Ufi Ibrahim, discusses the job opportunities for young people in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Organizations like the National Apprentice Service, Springboard Charity, Job Centre Plus, and Believe in Young People work with the BHA to help 16-24 year olds gain work experience and knowledge.

Hear the reflections of young people who have gained hands on experience in the industry through the apprenticeship program.

A group of young people share how they found their talent in the hospitality industry and created a brighter future for themselves.

Hear how work experience gave these young people hands on experience, transferable skills, and a realistic perspective of the industry.

Jasmin Allen tells her story about how she has been able to learn in a working environment at Callum House through the apprenticeship program.

Leon and Kristy work at Homemade where they have been able to develop communication skills, build confidence, and learn about the food industry.

From waiter to personal trainer and now Assistant Leisure Manager at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel, Jake Wood shares how he was promoted throughout the hotel.

As the Marketing & Events Coordinator at the Alea Casino, Lauren Swift has gained organizational, communication, and teamwork skills.

Natalie Shakespear has been able to 'learn on the job' as the Training Restaurant Manager at the Perkins Restaurant through the apprenticeship program.

Several chefs tell their story of being a part of the Chef Apprentice Program and how this rewarding opportunity has furthered their learning and work experiences.

Outside of university, these young people have had the opportunity to explore various hospitality departments, gain a deeper understanding of the industry, and develop a definite career direction.

The Big Conversation focuses on youth employment, work experience, and apprenticeships.

See how the apprenticeship program is able to create opportunities for young people and provide an additional source of education.

The Big Conversation provides an opportunity for professional hospitality leaders to network with the unemployed youth, while also working to develop their work placement programs.

The Big Conversation allows young people and employers to talk first hand and develop personal relationships.

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The Big Conversation encourages discussion and goal setting in order to improve economic growth and employment in the UK.

The Big Conversation first launched in London on July 11, 2012. Watch to see how the unemployed youth and hospitality professionals came together.

See how the apprenticeship program is able to create opportunities for young people and provide an additional source of education.

With no previous experience, Jamie Kerr was able to become a waiter, bartender, and then head bartender through his apprenticeship program.

Watch as Elisha takes the streets to see what the public actually thinks of McDonald's employees and how this differs from reality.

Lawrence Roberts, an Executive Head Housekeeper, shares how he was inspired to join the hospitality industry and the rewarding experience he has had.

As the Food and Beverage Manager at a stadium, Andy Smith has been able to grow professionally and take his passion for sports to work with him.

Louise Lonie shares how she gained the confidence and skills to succeed in the music and events industry as the Sales and Events Coordinator.

From an Army Chef to the Operations Director of a contract catering company, Mack Allen has had a wide range of experience and shares his passion for the industry.

Gordon Ramsay shares advise for students interested in the restaurant industry, tells his career story, and even explains what makes a successful chef and recipe.

Professionals from the Hilton Worldwide share their advice about careers in hospitality, including the importance of teamwork, leadership, and the ability to work in various cultures.

Hear industry insights from two professionals about their typical day, why they chose hospitality, key skills, challenges, and much more.

Patrick Dempsey, the Managing Director for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, explains why apprenticeships are important for both young people and businesses.

The 2014 National Apprenticeship Week kicked off at the Premier Inn with guests and supporters such as the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

Charlotte Bonser, a 19 year old apprentice at a pub, has gained an immense amount of knowledge and skills, allowing her to be promoted and gain even more experience.

Emma Keeling, an apprentice at the Ramada Birmingham North, has been able to gain the confidence and knowledge that has now motivated her to pursue a career in the hospitality industry.