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BHA Announces Job Creation Initiative For 16-to-24-Year-Olds

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BHA Announces Job Creation Initiative For 16-to-24-Year-Olds

BHA Announces Job Creation Initiative For 16-to-24-Year-Olds
October 15
14:37 2014

Representatives from more than 75 Scottish businesses will meet at Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel later this month to pledge job opportunities, apprenticeships and work placements for young job seekers and the long-term unemployed.

The Big Hospitality Conversation – a joint initiative between several key organisations including the British Hospitality Association (BHA), Springboard and People First – offers a commitment to creating job opportunities for 16-24-year-olds.

William Macleod, Executive Director BHA Scotland, said: ‘Over 30,000 UK jobs have so far been created at events like the one at Glasgow Marriott, and the aim is for the hospitality industry to create up to 60,000 positions for young people by 2016.’

Mr McLeod (pictured) went on to explain the resilience of the hospitality sector during the difficult environment of the last few years: ‘The sector has consistently demonstrated adaptability and innovation, particularly over the last five years or so, and is showing clear signs of recovery.

‘This can be sustained if the economic and political conditions are in place to support this, and there are a number of British and international hospitality organisations which are investing in Scotland, while others have declared their interest in doing the same.’

Hospitality and tourism makes up some 15% of the Scottish workforce and estimates suggest that the industry is set to grow significantly in the next five years.

Ufi Ibrahim, CEO of the BHA added: ‘Scotland has enjoyed great exposure to the international media in recent months, and now is the time to capitalise on this interest and use it as a base to encourage young people to join our industry.

‘Hospitality is a successful industry with even greater growth prospects offering a vast range of job opportunities for all job seekers of any age. The breadth of job roles and the training available means that bright and focused young people can succeed very quickly. We welcome young people to come along to the event to hear from insiders about how they started out in their careers.’

Visit www.ourskillsforce.co.uk/events/big-hospitality-conversation to find out more about the event on 22nd October at the Glasgow Marriott.

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