BHA Summit 2013 focuses on sector job growth

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) will be hosting it's yearly summit in London today (June 11th), with a prime focus on sector job creation.

The BHA has announced that the sector is set to create over 30,000 new hospitality jobs for young people within the next two years. This figure breaks down into 14,832 permanent roles, 11,103 apprenticeships and 5,157 paid university work placements, all of which have been estimated by the BHA based on a series of pledges made by national hotels.

A series of guest speakers are set to speak at the Summit, whilst minister for employment Mark Hoban will be able to network with delegates and other industry leaders. Mr Hoban said: “The collaboration between Jobcentre Plus and the BHA has been extremely successful, and it's fantastic to see the industry come together today with a further pledge to create 30,000 opportunities for young people.

“The hospitality industry provides a diverse range of career prospects for people of all ages, but particularly for young people who are starting out and still exploring what career path they would like to take. I'd encourage young people to seize these opportunities."

The BHA is also currently running a campaign, set to continue until the autumn later this year, which challenges every hospitality and tourism business in the UK to take on more people who are aged between 18 and 24. This can be done by providing university student work placements and apprenticeships. The hospitality sector is a perfect field for young people to begin a career pathway and gain valuable experience along the way.

The Summit will take place at the InterContinental London in Park Lane. This will be the third annual event to take place.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency providing hospitality employment solutions.