Scottish hospitality businesses have pledged to create job opportunities and help build a legacy for the sector.

At last week’s Big Hospitality Conversation, held at Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel, the companies made 342 pledges, which included 97 jobs, 65 apprenticeships and 180 work experience opportunities.

The Big Hospitality Conversation is a nationwide campaign led by the British Hospitality Association in partnership with Believe in Young People, Springboard, Barclays, Business in the Community, People First and the Department for Work and Pensions. It offers a commitment to creating job opportunities for 16-24 year olds.

Ufi Ibrahim, CEO of the British Hospitality Association said: “Hospitality is a vibrant and successful industry with even greater growth prospects offering a vast range of career opportunities. The Big Hospitality Conversation has been changing young people’s lives, one apprenticeship, one job or one work experience at a time, and thereby transforming local communities. Our aim at the BHA is to bring the industry together and create 60,000 job opportunities for 16-24 year olds by 2016.”

Whitbread  and Ed’s Easy Diner were among the companies taking part in the event.