The contribution that the hospitality sector is making to economic growth through apprenticeships and jobs for young people has been acknowledged by the Minister of Tourism, Helen Grant.
The Minister met apprentices working in the sector, on 29th April 2014, before discussing how to inspire young people into careers in hospitality with the British Hospitality Association’s (BHA) and industry bosses.
The BHA introduced industry leader to their The Big Hospitality Conversation initiative at the event. The initiative aims to engage the next generation through job creation, apprenticeships and work placements.
Following the visit, Helen Grant, said: “Working in the tourism and hospitality sector can offer a rewarding, challenging and fulfilling career and the British Hospitality Association’s Big Conversation initiative is playing a part in highlighting the opportunities available to young people.”
Ufi Ibrahim, BHA chief executive officer, said: “The Minister has shown that she understands the economic importance of hospitality and its special role in generating jobs for young people.”
Patrick Dempsey OBE, MD Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, also stated that: “Hospitality is a vibrant growing industry with a lot to offer,” highlighting that he is committed to employing young people and helping them into the hospitality sector.