Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Chris Galvin has given a new initiative aimed at attracting young people into the hospitality industry the seal of approval.
The ‘Your Future in Hospitality' scheme by HTP Training offers unemployed people on the Isle of Wight aged 16 to 23 the chance to take part in a free hospitality-focused training programme. Once armed with basic skills, they can then move on to a trainee ship, apprenticeship or employment in the sector.
Commenting on the need for more young people to consider hospitality as a credible career choice, Galvin said: "People don't realise the job and skills shortage we have in the industry. Hospitality is crying out for youngsters, yet so many young people aren't in work.
"We have the skills and the jobs to help youngsters. The Isle of Wight has wonderful produce, talent and very experienced people who want to hand those skills down. For us at Galvin Restaurants to be able to work hand in hand with HTP Training and the employers is brilliant. To be able to follow the progress of young people who are quickly developing their own career in the industry is great too."
The initiative was developed in collaboration with People 1stst and designed to shine a light on the importance of the hospitality and tourism industry to the Island.
The main objective is to reduce youth unemployment by encouraging more young people into the industry by making it a sustainable career. It also hopes to encourage more employers to allow their existing staff to gain qualifications.
Rachael Fidler, founder and managing director of HTP Training appealed to employers attending the event to use their knowledge and experience to support, motivate and inspire young Islanders.
She said: "Join with us to offer high quality on and off job training for young people. Help us to provide them with a meaningful learning experience that will show them how they can both contribute to, and fit into the world of work."