DWP works with BHA to put spotlight on hospitality jobs

By Emma Eversham contact

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The government is working with the BHA through Hospitality Works to help promote jobs in hospitality
The government is working with the BHA through Hospitality Works to help promote jobs in hospitality
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is working with the British Hospitality Association (BHA) this month to help promote opportunities and jobs within the hospitality industry. 

Both parties are working together on Hospitality Works, an initiative which will feature over 80,000 different activities up and down the country to help people choose a career in the sector.

Over the next month, activities will be held within hundreds of hospitality businesses, including Premier Inn, Bourne Leisure and Ascott as well as in 700 Job Centre Plus outlets to highlight the range of opportunities available within hospitality and find new recruits. 

Employment Minister Priti Patel said the aim of the initiative was to champion the 'exciting careers' on offer in the industry. 

“We have reached a milestone with record employment, and businesses across the country have played a key role in that. Our Jobcentre Plus staff are focused on making sure jobseekers have the skills that employers are looking for so they can take up those opportunities being created by our growing economy," she said. 

BHA chief executive Ufi Ibrahim added: "This is a prime example of the good that can come from collaboration between the hospitality industry and the government. With the success of this initiative we can continue to stimulate the growth of the hospitality industry, contributing to the BHA’s goal of creating 100,000 new jobs by 2020."

Big Hospitality Conversation

The BHA has also announced a high level of ministerial and industry support for its next Big Hospitality Conversation. 

Former Tourism Minister Tracy Crouch MP, Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant and Damian Green MP for Ashford will join 100 hospitality and tourism business leaders from Kent at the 37th Big Hospitality Conversation at Ashford International Q Hotel on 27 January.

Hospitality currently supports 67,000 jobs and contributes £3.4bn to Kent's economy, making the region a key one for job opportunities.  

Grant said: “The Big Conversation is all about making sure our hospitality sector employers and potential young employees are brought together to generate mutual opportunity and prosperity. It is working already, creating 47,000 new jobs, apprenticeships and structured work placements since July 2012. 

"But we must keep up the momentum if the industry is to achieve its objective of 60,000 UK hospitality career opportunities for 16 – 24 year olds by the end of this year. That is why I highly commend this event in Ashford and I wish everyone an enjoyable and successful day.”

Businesses wanting to take part can register their interest with the BHA here​.

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