Big Conversation Brings Employers & Youths Together
To discuss jobs & apprenticeships in the hospitality industry
The Big Conversation is a joint initiative between Business in the Community, the British Hospitality Association and the charity Springboard, which supports people into work in the hospitality and leisure industry.
The town hall event will bring together influential industry leaders, local hospitality and food businesses and local young people to stimulate discussion and debate and to help identify the barriers faced by young people trying to get into the industry.
Those businesses taking part will be encourage to pledge to provide a job, work experience opportunity or apprentice place for a youngster.
The young people have been invited from local schools and via Job Centre Plus. Students on the South Thames College food academy and apprenticeship scheme will be going along, as will young people taking part in the mayor of Wandsworth’s inter-school Young Chef of the Year competition.
Cllr Graham has pledged to spend her mayoral year creating opportunities for young people, including the young chef contest, the Youth Fashion Wandsworth competition for budding fashion designers fashion designers and the Dragons’ Den contest for young entrepreneurs, She is also supporting local young people’s charities and uniformed groups.
The event is also part of the council’s wider pledge to ensure local people get the jobs and apprenticeships created by regeneration work across the borough and the transformation of Nine Elms.
It has set up the Work Match scheme to match people up with employment and training opportunities, and is working with schools in Battersea to ensure they are at the heart of the new Nine Elms. This includes the Education Links programme to provide work experience and employability training.
Cllr Graham said:
“In my year as mayor I have done all I can to raise the aspirations of our young people and help them realise that they can achieve whatever they set their mind to - and I’ve been delighted to see them rise to the challenge. It’s vital they understand that the new restaurants, hotels and businesses springing up in Nine Elms and elsewhere in the borough are a golden opportunity for them to succeed in a growing industry.”
Ufi Ibrahim, CEO of the British Hospitality Association said:
February 27, 2014