Whitbread Restaurants has partnered with industry charity Springboard to offer work experience and introductory training to potential young hospitality workers across the UK.
So far, the programme has allowed ten 16 to 24-year-olds from Birmingham to receive a week's work experience and industry training - such as learning knife skills and how to cook classic dishes such as sticky toffee pudding - before going on a two-week placement within the branded sites.
KickStart is open to schools and college leavers aged 16 and over who are undecided about their career plans and may be considering hospitality as an option.
A student who has already completed the programme is 17-year-old Mardoche Koko, who completed a two-week placement at Brewers Fayre in Oldbury. He is now going to college in September, and has been offered a part-time job with Brewers Fayre during his studies.
Springboard aims to help those facing barriers into sustainable employment in the hospitality, leisure, and tourism sectors. It offers careers information, work experience opportunities, mentoring schemes, development programmes and educational teaching resources.
Its Inspire scheme also looks to provide a step-by-step guide to anyone wishing to provide useful work experience within hotels, clubs, food service, or restaurants.
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