The British Hospitality Association, Springboard and Business in the Community will again come together next week to urge the hospitality and tourism industry in and around Heathrow to invest in local young people as part of the latest ‘Big Hospitality Conversation’.

Part of a nationwide campaign, the event will invite local businesses to meet local young people, stimulating dialogue and encouraging more quality work experience, apprenticeships and jobs in the UK for 16-24 year olds. 

The Big Hospitality Conversation in Heathrow is being held from 9.30am at the Renaissance Hotel, Heathrow on 17th March 2014. 

The Big Conversation Event comes hot on the heels of Apprentice Week in which London Mayor Boris Johnson formed a united front with the British Hospitality Association and Whitbread Hotels to announce the pledge of 7,000 new apprenticeships.

Meanwhile, Barclays has partnered with the BHA to support the industry body’s goal of creating 60,000 new jobs in the sector by 2015.

British Hospitality Association chief executive Ufi Ibrahimsaid:  “The Big Conversation gives local industry leaders and young people the opportunity to meet, face to face.  It gives young people a voice and is a powerful way for businesses to understand and respond to the challenges.  More than just a talking forum, the Big Conversation leads to real opportunities, apprenticeships and work placements which in turn help to stimulate economic growth.  As well as providing immediate job and apprenticeship opportunities for young people, the Big Hospitality Conversation is sowing the seeds for the future of our industry by nurturing young talent.” 

In the past twelve months over 1,200 industry representatives have attended the Big Hospitality Conversation events, pledging the creation of 33,000 new job opportunities between now and 2015 (with more to come). 

Anne Pierce, Springboard chief executive, said: ‘’We are delighted to be part of the Big Conversation and work with both employers and young people to promote the fantastic Hospitality industry and help convert pledges into real opportunities. Whether this is through offering young people quality work experience through our INSPIRE work experience programme, training or job opportunities, all of which develop and nurtures talent for the future of the industry.”