60,000 new hospitality jobs: Barclays joins forces with the BHA

By Luke Nicholls

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The two organisations will use their collective power and flagship employability campaigns to help young people get ready for work
The two organisations will use their collective power and flagship employability campaigns to help young people get ready for work
The hospitality industry’s biggest ever job creation drive has today been given a welcome boost as Barclays bank has partnered with the British Hospitality Association (BHA) to double the organisation’s goal of creating 60,000 new jobs in the sector by 2015.

This new job-creation pledge is double the initial figure that the BHA had initially announced it will help to create at its annual summit back in June.

Barclays will now boost the BHA’s successful ‘inspiring the next generation’ campaign through a nationwide tour of events to showcase the variety of career paths available to young people in the hospitality industry, helping local employers to find young people who are keen to start a career with them.

“As one of the largest industries in the country, the hospitality and leisure sector has an important role to play in driving growth across the UK,” said Mike Saul, Barclays’ head of hospitality and leisure.

“Barclays is committed to supporting this growth, and it’s vital that our next generation of workers are able to access the varied, and fulfilling career opportunities that exist within it.

“This partnership will bring together our combined expertise to support these goals.”

Making the pledge

Through its LifesSkills: Bridges Into Work programme, Barclays will also support BHA members in setting up apprenticeships programmes for themselves using Barclays expertise and know-how. The BHA will join and back LifeSkills by listing thousands of work experience opportunities on the LifeSkills website www.barclayslifeskills.com​.

Speaking at At the beginning of the year,  the BHA’s chief executive Ufi Ibrahim told hospitality businesses across the UK that they must ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to job creation by making more opportunities available to young people if they want to receive more support from the Government in other areas.

Here’s what she had to say at the Master Innholders Hotel General Managers’ Conference:

Speaking of today’s announcement, Ibrahim added: “Working together with Barclays enables the BHA to continue the industry’s biggest ever job creation drive where we aim to find opportunities for thousands of unemployed young people across the UK.

“Ten per cent of the national workforce has a job in hospitality and we want to continue to invest in our best resource – young people.”

Research supports Ibrahim's views that the hospitality and leisure industry is a crucial creator of jobs and growth in Britain: -

Hospitality jobs: In numbers

  • 2.7m ​– The number of people employed in the sector – 10 per cent of the UK’s workforce
  • £53bn ​– The total amount of wages and profits it delivers to the economy, making it the UK’s fourth largest industry
  • 31% ​- The number of respondents in Barclays’ Job Creation Survey 2013 that said they had taken on apprentices
  • 44% ​- The number of respondents that plan to take on further apprentices this year – the  highest percentage of any industry sector

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