Two hotel chains are among 20 UK employers to be shortlisted for awards to celebrate the commitment businesses are making to get the unemployed back into work.
Marriott Hotels and Village Hotels are both in the running for awards in the first annual Local Employment Partnerships (LEP) Awards run by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Marriott Hotels has been recognised for its work in promoting career progression while Village Hotels has been shortlisted for the category that commends best practice in recruitment.
Both companies have been working with the government through the LEP to help job seekers find employment. Part of the deal is that employers give people a fair shot at the job - through a range of measures which might include adjusting recruitment processes, offering work trials or guaranteed interviews and mentoring.
Stephen Timms, Minister for Employment and Welfare Reform, said: "Each of the shortlisted employers has demonstrated a commitment to their local community through Local Employment Partnerships. The LEP Awards recognise those employers who go the extra mile to help some of the most disadvantaged jobseekers back into work, as well as celebrating the personal achievements of employees whose lives are being transformed through the scheme."
The winners will be announced on July 1 at a ceremony at the Brit Oval.
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