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Hospitality event will pledge jobs for the young

Big hospitality eventMore than 70 Scottish hospitality and tourism businesses are expected to pledge their commitment to creating work for young people at an event in Dundee later this month.

They will gather for the 3rd Scottish Big Hospitality Conversation event at the Apex Hotel on 26 January 2016 and make up to 100 pledges to add jobs and more than 200 apprenticeships and work placements for 16 to 24 year olds.

It follows last year’s event in Glasgow, led by the British Hospitality Association in a UK-wide partnership with Springboard and Department for Work and Pensions, at which 97 jobs, 65 apprenticeships and 180 work experience placements were created.

The initiative, which is the industry’s biggest jobs creation drive, began in 2012 to help create 60,000 hospitality career starts for young people in the UK by the end of 2016.

In Scotland, hospitality businesses employ about 256,000 people, making up 9% of the workforce, which is set to grow significantly over five years.

Willie Macleod, Executive Director BHA Scotland said the one-to-one and group conversations with key business leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry “can really change young people’s lives”.

He said: “Our aim is to build on the success of the previous two events held in Glasgow last year and Edinburgh the year before and bring together over 70 businesses and around 100 young people under one roof, to highlight the wide range of training, qualifications and long-term career opportunities across all areas of the industry.”

Anne Pierce, chief executive of Springboard, said: “It is recognised that work experience plays a key part in influencing a person’s career choice and this is why we are taking a lead role in this initiative.”

The event in Dundee, which is undergoing major regeneration, including plans to transform the waterfront into a leading tourist destination with new hotels and restaurants and the building of the V&A Museum, will be the 37th Big Hospitality Conversation event in the UK, at which 47,000 job opportunities have already been created.

The event is sponsored by Apex Hotels, Tayside Audio Visual (TAV) in Forfar, Brakes and Fishers Laundry in Cupar.

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