The Big Hospitality Conversation comes to City of Bath College on October 15th 2013

The BHA is set to galvanise the hospitality and tourism industry to invest in young people with the latest ‘The Big Hospitality Conversation’ which will specifically target to South West Region.

Set to take place in to City of Bath College on October 15th 2013, the initiative will invite hospitality and restaurant businesses from across the South West to make pledges to create new jobs in the UK for 16-24 year olds, helping to tackle youth unemployment as well as embracing a common approach to work placements, internships and apprenticeships.

In the past twelve months over 1,200 industry representatives have attended Big Conversation events, pledging the creation of 31,000 new jobs between now and 2015 (with more to come).  Previous events have focused on the wider hospitality industry including hotels, food service management services and restaurants.

Led by the BHA in partnership with Springboard, the Business in the Community (BITC) and Barclays The Big Conversation initiative will be hosted by City of Bath College in Avon Street, Bath.

Says BHA CEO Ufi Ibrahim:  “Galvanised by the BHA’s – Big Hospitality Conversation – Britain’s hospitality industry is leading the fight on youth unemployment. In just twelve months, our industry created 31,000 new career opportunities for 16 to 24 year olds, offering that vital first step onto a rewarding career ladder in hospitality.

“I have no doubt that many of those entering the industry through the Big Hospitality Conversation will make it to the very top, thereby joining the thousands of British chairpersons, managing directors, senior executives and entrepreneurs, who all started out at entry level in hospitality.  There are very few other industries that can boast such progression and advancement in career terms”.

Anne Pierce MBE, CEO Springboard said: “Springboard are delighted to part of the Big Conversation. We see this as a great way to bring together industry leaders and young people to create a meaningful dialogue resulting in many unemployed and disadvantaged young people gaining vital work experience, apprenticeship and employment opportunities. The number of pledges are amazing as they are leaving a legacy for job creation and growth for the UK hospitality industry.”

The Big Hospitality Conversation comes hot on the heels of the recently signed agreement between the BHA, the Minister of State for Employment and the Department of Work & Pensions to – ‘better serve the needs of the hospitality sector while giving those people who wish to pursue a career in hospitality a recognised route into work’.  It is envisaged that the agreement will be an important step in ensuring the hospitality and tourism industry receives the necessary government backing to realise its full job-creating potential in the UK.

Big Hospitality Conversation events targeting the hospitality and restaurant industry will be held across the UK throughout the remainder of 2013 and 2014.

Attendees confirmed:

Abbey Hotel Bath; Bailbrook House Hotel; Barclays; Bath Ales; Brownsworld Hotels; Calcot Manor Hotel; City of Bath College; City of Bristol College; Considerate Hoteliers Association; Edge Hotel School; Alexandra Hotel; Headland Hotel; Job Centre Plus; Lifetime Training; Lucknam Park Hotel; Premier Inn; Pride of Britain Hotels; Springboard; The Bath Priory; The Kings Head Cirencester; The Melksham Oak Community School; The Royal Crescent; Upskill People