Thousands of jobs are set to become available in the hospitality industry, according to new research.
The British Hospitality Association (BHA) is expected to create 6,000 jobs for 16 to 24-year-olds by the end of the year.
Its figures showed that there are 900,000 young people not in education, employment or training.
However, it added that the demand for new hospitality staff has expanded rapidly, and has resulted in a renewed drive to take on more staff in the sector.
The BHA revealed that 300,000 jobs needed to be filled by 2020 to reflect rapid expansion. It has teamed up with between the British Hospitality Association, Springboard, Believe in Young People, Business in the Community, People First, and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
Commenting on the findings, BHA chief executive Ufi Ibrahim, said: “Hospitality is a successful industry with even greater growth prospects offering a vast range of job opportunities for all job seekers of any age. However, there are still widespread misconceptions amongst many outside the industry who don’t see the value in hospitality careers.
“We urge young people to look beyond outdated viewpoints and join our industry. The breadth of job roles and the training available means that bright and focused young people can succeed very quickly.”
The BHA cited a study for the think tank IPPR which found that there was a mismatch between the types of jobs young people are training for compared with what jobs as actually being available as one of the main barriers to solving the youth unemployment problem.
It announced that 34,000 jobs have so far been created in the industry. The developments have been welcomed by tourism minister Helen Grant.
She added that the initiative will help to unearth a number of opportunities available to them in the industry.
In addition, Kit Malthouse, deputy mayor of London for Business and Enterprise, said: “The hospitality sector is having a significant impact on London’s growing economy and is well placed to provide thousands of young Londoners with the skills and training they need to succeed.”