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BHA jobs campaign heads to Tottenham Hotspur

03 February 2015 by
BHA jobs campaign heads to Tottenham Hotspur

Restaurateurs, hoteliers and caterers across the south west will come together on 10 February at the club's White Hart Lane stadium to pledge jobs, apprenticeships and work placements for 16 to 24-year-olds.

They will be pledging live job and training vacancies throughout the day, alongside Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's education and employment team who will be on hand to offer practical employability advice and guidance on gaining relevant qualifications, interview techniques and career choices.

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the charitable arm of Tottenham Hotspur football club, has already created more than 600 job opportunities for Haringey residents via jobs fairs, apprenticeship schemes and partner initiatives, via a partnership with Haringey Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Donna Cullen, executive director, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, said: "Holding the Big Hospitality Conversation at White Hart Lane represents another significant step in the club's continued drive to create employment opportunities for local people, using the unique appeal of Tottenham Hotspur."

Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, added: "Hospitality and tourism is just as competitive as football. Our Big Hospitality Conversation campaign is designed to attract the talent we need to compete internationally and to fulfil the growing number of vacancies resulting from our industry's continuing growth. Like football scouts - hundreds of industry chief executives have committed to travelling across the country with us, to spot talent, and to share their experience and advice with jobseekers."

Jacqui Allum, director, BHA, Big Hospitality Conversation, said: "Hospitality and tourism is one of the fastest growing industries right now and it's ideally placed to create new jobs in areas which traditionally have high levels of unemployment. We hope to see many local young people come along to the event to find out about what working in hospitality and tourism is all about from other young people and their employers. It's a great chance to meet hundreds of well-known hospitality businesses who will be actively recruiting for all kinds of positions for young talent on the day."

Supported by Springboard, Barclays, Believe in Young People, National Apprenticeship Service and the DWP, the Big Hospitality Conversation has so far created more than 38,000 job opportunities. The aim is to create up to 60,000 jobs for young people in the hospitality industry by 2016.

The Spurs event, which is the 23rd Big Hospitality Conversation to date, follows on from recent success at Bristol, which kick started a programme of events this year in Nottingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Swansea, Belfast, Lambeth, Cardiff, Hackney, Legoland, Bournemouth, Llandudno, Dundee / Perth, Preston / Blackpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Exeter, Maidstone, and the Isle of Wight.

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