One of the biggest purchasers of catering equipment in the UK has joined forces with youth charity, The Prince’s Trust, to pilot a ‘Get into Hospitality’ programme for young people.
The programme will be launched in the West Midlands, with the aim of providing local disadvantaged young people with the skills and confidence to find a job.
Twelve unemployed young people aged between 16-25 years will be given the opportunity to join a free, two week training programme, to learn all aspects of the hospitality sector.
Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, which includes brands such as Premier Inn, Beefeater Grill, Brewers Fayre, Table Table and Taybarns, says part of the programme will involve site placement, giving participants a firsthand experience of the hospitality industry.
Individuals will not only gain a qualification in Foundation Food safety, but will also receive six months of mentoring support from The Prince’s Trust following the completion of the programme.
Whitbread is hoping to be able to offer positions to many of the participants and the successful participants will be given the opportunity to complete a Whitbread apprenticeship, including an NVQ level 2.
“It is worrying to hear that around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training, costing the UK economy £155 million a week in Jobseeker’s Allowance and lost productivity,” said Whitbread Hotels and Restaurant spokesman, Malcolm Redmond.
“We are delighted to be working with The Prince’s Trust to provide an opportunity to get these young adults back into the world of work and on their way to building a future within the hospitality sector,” he added.