The hospitality industry’s flagship campaign for job creation joined forces with Hotelympia ‘the heartbeat of foodservice and hospitality’ who hosted the latest ‘Big Hospitality Conversation’ on the main stage.
Fronted by the British Hospitality Association, Springboard and Business in the Community, 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.
The Big Hospitality Conversation is the industry’s biggest job creation drive to offer opportunities for young people in the UK. In the past eighteen months over 1,500 industry representatives have attended the Big Hospitality Conversation events, pledging the creation of 36,000 new job opportunities between now and 2015 (with more to come).
As well as generating work and opportunities for 16-24 year olds, the Big Conversation enables the industry, through the BHA, to take a powerful message to government on hospitality’s significant contribution to economic recovery, tackling youth unemployment and stimulating growth. Youth unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing young people today and the hospitality industry has the power to help tackle this.
Ufi Ibrahim, British Hospitality Association CEO said: “The success of Hospitality and Tourism businesses relies on their ability to serve others. As Bill Marriott once said, we must serve our people, who will in turn serve others. Yesterday’s event, and the ones following it, will turn the spotlight on the way in which the Big Hospitality Conversation has been changing young people’s lives, one apprenticeship, one job or one work experience at a time, and thereby transforming local communities, the national economy and the UK – as a nation.”
Big Hospitality Conversation events targeting the hospitality and restaurant industry will be held across the UK throughout 2014.