Hospitality careers are promoted as school-leavers receive GCSE results

With hundreds of thousands of students having received their GCSE results yesterday (August 22nd), the hospitality industry is promoting the field for anyone planning on leaving education.

Recent research by charity Springboard revealed that 53 per cent of the 1,600 school-leavers questioned would consider a career in hospitality. This is double the figure that was recorded back in 2005. For those wanting to get onto the career ladder, hospitality jobs offer a wide choice of options and can be useful for young people who may not be sure what they want to do in life just yet. Furthermore, it encourages the development of important life skills such as multi-tasking, business etiquette and communication.

Springboard chief executive Anne Pierce has suggested that work experience is the best option for those who are unsure what sub-sector they want to specialise in. Ms Pierce said: "Work experience helps with the exploration of career opportunities and it is an important tool in helping change stereotypes of working within hospitality by showcasing the opportunities and progression that are available within the sector.”

Large restaurant chains, for example, offer a range of training schemes and apprenticeships in service, management training, and even behavioural skills.

The sector has been particularly promoted in recent years due to the industry still finding it difficult to recruit individuals with the right skills. Phil Orford, chief executive of the Forum of Private Business, said: "The situation remains that many young people entering the job market lack the basic skills employers are looking for and hold unrealistic views of the workplace. Basic literacy, numeracy and IT skills are essential to every job and employers are reluctant to hire if they have to plug the gap where compulsory education has failed."

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

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