The Big Hospitality Conversation comes to the Eden Project on February 11th 2014

The British Hospitality Association, Springboard and Business in the Community are set to galvanise the hospitality and tourism industry to invest in young people with the latest ‘Big Conversation’.

Set to take place at the Eden Project, Bodelva on February 11th, the event will bring together influential leaders from leading hospitality businesses and invite them to meet young people, stimulating dialogue and encouraging more quality work experience, apprenticeships and jobs in the UK for 16-24 year olds.  As well as generating work and opportunities, 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.

In the past twelve months over 1,200 industry representatives have attended the Big Hospitality Conversation events, pledging the creation of 33,000 new job opportunities between now and 2015 (with more to come).

Led by the British Hospitality Association and supported by the Business in the Community (BiTC) – one of the Prince of Wales’s charities, aimed at promoting Talent & Skills leadership across sectors in the UK and The Springboard Charity – The Big Conversation initiative will be hosted by BHA partners Springboard and Barclays.  Barclays has partnered with the BHA to support the industry body’s goal of creating 60,000 new jobs in the sector by 2015.

Says BHA CEO Ufi Ibrahim:  “The Big Conversation gives industry leaders and young people the opportunity to meet, face to face.  It gives young people a voice and is a powerful way for businesses to understand and respond to the challenges.  More than just a talking forum, the Big Conversation leads to real opportunities, apprenticeships and work placements which in turn help to stimulate economic growth.  This is a powerful message for the hospitality industry to take to Government.”

Visit Cornwall said: “Tourism and hospitality is a people business and its life bloody is committed, skilled and enthusiastic people – the big conversation is about providing great opportunities for young people to see how they can have an amazing career, whilst for businesses to there is the opportunity to secure their future by ensure a healthy pipeline of great new recruits”

Anne Pierce, CEO MBE of Springboard said: “Springboard is delighted to be part of the Big Hospitality Conversations across the hospitality industry. Our work and that of those involved is key to supporting and providing quality work experience through our Inspire programme, apprenticeship opportunities and getting young people into employment within this industry.”

Big Hospitality events targeting the hospitality and restaurant industry will be held across the UK throughout 2014.

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