The British Hospitality Association and the Restaurant Association is to specifically target restaurants and caterers as part of its latest campaign to get the hospitality industry to create jobs for young people.
The "Big Hospitality Conversation" is an on-going initiative, which over the past year has seen over 1,200 industry employees attend various events to encourage them to pledge industry jobs for youths aged 16-24. The campaign's aim is to help ease youth unemployment and encourage the sector to take a "common approach" to internships, placements and apprenticeships.
This latest "Conversation", set to take place on 9 October, will specifically target restaurant and caterer businesses. In partnership with charity Springboard, the Business in the Community (BITC) and Barclays, it is hoped that the BaxterStorey-hosted event will encourage the industry to create more jobs in addition to the 31,000 already pledged as a result of the overall campaign.
Commenting on the campaign, BHA chief executive Ufi Ibrahim said: "Britain's hospitality industry is leading the fight on youth unemployment, 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."
Confirmed attendees to the event include Pizza Express, Blue Arrow, Brakes, Caprice Holdings, Galvin at Windows, Marks & Spencer, SSP, Northcote and TGI Friday's, among other high-profile names.
More campaign events are planned throughout 2013 and into next year, as part of the British Hospitality Association's overall aim to champion the interests of hotels, restaurants and caterers.