Hospitality Unite has teamed up with UK Hospitality, Springboard, The Scottish Tourism Alliance and The Youth Group to provide backing to the government’s Kickstart initiative.

It will provide a free online service to bring together hospitality businesses and 16-24 year-olds looking for a career in the restaurant, pub, hotel, bar and wider leisure sector so they can take advantage of the new government funded scheme.

The government is putting £2bn into the Kickstart programme to fund six months of 25 hours a week work at national minimum wage for 16-24 year olds, giving them a ‘kickstart’ into their working lives.

Only government approved candidates can apply for Kickstart roles and these candidates are being directed to Hospitality Unite jobs courtesy of The Youth Group and its partnership with the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) assessors.

The original Hospitality Unite portal was created in March by Harri, an online people management platform.

This new initiative has also secured commitment from brands including BrewDog, Burger King UK and The Ivy Collection.