Casual Dining Group supports Syrian refugees with training programme

By James McAllister

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Casual Dining Group supports Syrian refugees with training programme

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Casual Dining Group (CDG) is hoping to launch a programme that supports Syrian refugees in gaining the necessary experience needed to work within the hospitality industry.

It comes after a successful pilot saw nine refugees gain first-hand industry experience working at CDG sites in Coventry as part of a three-week training scheme.

Following the programme, CDG, which operates brands including Bella Italia, Las Iguanas and Café Rouge, offered employment to three of the course participants.

Another three were also given provisional offers for when vacancies arise.

CDG is now in talks with programme partners Department for Work and Pensions, World Jewish Relief,and SPS Training Solutions about replicating it on a wider scale.

“The hospitality industry is a phenomenal place to work that’s inundated with opportunities for driven people, regardless of background,” said CDG’s group HR director Claire Clarke.

“This programme is a great example of how we can utilise this experience as we look to support people with the necessary skillset to enter the industry.”

The initiative, which is said to be the first of its kind, forms part of World Jewish Relief’s Specialist Training and Employment Programme (STEP).

It currently operates in Coventry and across Yorkshire, helping refugees develop the skills and identify the opportunities needed to secure sustainable employment.

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