Springboard Charity: Promoting Careers in Hospitality

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Springboard Charity: Promoting Careers in Hospitality

Springboard work with two main groups, the long term & disadvantage unemployed and the youth with the aim of helping them find jobs and enter into satisfying careers.

Into Work is their programme that supports the long term unemployed. To give you an example, earlier this year, the charity worked alongside a key Springboard supporter, DRP the event organising company.

To celebrate their 30 years of success, this year, DRP are undertaking 30 great things. One of them is to work with Springboard on the Believe project, taking 15 long term unemployed, teaching them event organising skills and preparing them for ‘work’.

After an assessment day, the selected candidates are initially invited on to Springboard’s InTo Work programme giving them training in CV building, interviews and communication skills as well as motivational workshops. Especially for the Believe project, PC and social media workshops are added to prepare candidates for the work placement part of the programme at DRP’s head office.

Many have gone on to find jobs with their new found confidence.

On the youth side, Springboard work with people as young as 12 with their flagship FutureChef programme, now in its 11th year.

As the name suggests, this is to find the chefs of the future by encouraging young people to try catering at a time when they are looking at career options.  Springboard work with schools that hold a cooking tournament to decide who will represent them at the local heats. The lucky young chef who goes through to the regional final will have a professional chef to mentor and support them. The regional finals are judged by the country’s best chefs as only 12 people make it the national final in London on March 21st.

Springboard who celebrate their 21st birthday next year are mainly funded by the hospitality industry but also raise funds through events and grants.

They rely on the generosity of volunteers in Birmingham from the hospitality industry so if you’re a chef, hotel manager, event organiser or work in the leisure or tourism industries please get in touch and lend a hand to encourage more people into your young and thriving industry. Contact Rickie Josen on rickiej@springboarduk.org.uk

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