A website that will help young people start a career in hospitality as part of the government’s new Kickstart scheme has received backing from the industry in the United Kingdom.
The HospitalityUnite website, a not-for-profit portal that was initially set up to help hospitality workers find alternative employment during lockdown, is now supporting the government’s Kickstart initiative for young people with the backing of leading trade associations UKHospitality, Springboard, The Scottish Tourism Alliance and The Youth Group.
The website will provide a free online service to make it easy for both hospitality businesses and those 16-24 year-olds wanting to start a career in the restaurant, pub, hotel, bar and wider leisure sector to take advantage of he new government funded scheme.
The UK government is putting £2 billion into the Kickstart programme which will find six months of 25 hours a week work at national minimum wage for 16-24 year-olds. Only government approved candidates can apply to Kickstart roles and these candidates are being directed to HospitalityUnite jobs.
HospitalityUnite was initially created at the beginning of the pandemic by online hospitality workforce platform Harri with the backing of UKHospitality and the Scottish Tourism Alliance, to bring together businesses in other sectors such as care and retail to support hospitality staff with short term employment while their foodservice sites were closed.
The scheme has already secured commitment from several restaurant and bar groups and it is anticipated that more than 200 businesses will sign up to it.