Hospitality industry employers are integral contributors to the UK jobs market and are once again teaming up with Job Centres, industry bodies and charities to raise awareness of the sector as a great place to work – all part of an annual month-long campaign ‘Hospitality Works’ from the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP), which has just started on 7 February.
For the second year running Fred Sirieix, General Manager at Galvin at Windows in London’s Park Lane and star of Channel 4’s ‘First Dates’, has once again agreed to be the face of the campaign. He said, “I’m proud to be supporting Hospitality Works for a second year. The hospitality industry has a fantastic range of roles available, to suit any aspiration or career goal, so it’s important you know what’s available.
'If you are an employer, you can contribute to Hospitality Works by offering taster-days, work experience placements and by broadcasting your organisation as a fun and rewarding place to work. If you’re a job seeker, use this month to discover hospitality as a career.
'Your local Job Centre will have plenty of information about the different routes into the industry, so make sure you enquire about jobs in hospitality. Finally, make sure to keep track of the Hospitality Works hashtag – #JobsWithASmile!”
Some of the industry’s biggest names including, Costa, McDonald’s and Wagamama will be taking part. There are a number of activities and ways in which businesses are getting involved, including job offers and apprenticeships, taster sessions and raising awareness of what it’s like to work in the industry and the career development opportunities available within the hospitality sector.
Sue Davies, Head of People at Bourne Leisure said, “Bourne Leisure embraces the Hospitality Works campaign as a key enabler to promote the brilliant career opportunities and raise awareness of the hospitality sector.”
Edinburgh-based Danielle Ramsay, Group Recruitment Manager from Apex Hotels said, “Apex Hotels were part of the Hospitality Works in 2017 and are delighted to be part of it again this year. It was a great opportunity to highlight and promote the various career opportunities within the industry and within Apex Hotels, and to showcase hospitality as an excellent career choice.”
The Hospitality Works initiative has created over 8,000 work placements since it began in 2015 and this year is expected to be bigger than ever, with employers offering ‘taster days,’ events and talks from industry experts at over 600 Job Centres and thousands of work placements created
The Hospitality Works campaign comes at a time when unemployment is continuing at a record low level of 4.3%, with the threat of even greater skills shortages for the hospitality industry looming due to uncertainty surrounding the Government’s immigration policy.
Anyone wishing to follow and help promote the campaign should look out for #JobsWithaSmile