Industry bodies have joined forces to launch a free support service for people struggling in the sector.

CareerScope, a joint venture between Springboard, Hospitality Action, UK Hospitality, the Institute of Hospitality and the Savoy Educational Trust, is an online hub designed to support those within the hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors who have either lost their jobs or are struggling to find work because of the pandemic.

Launching today (28 September), the initiative will provide support in the form of CV writing resources, career webinars and redundancy advice, as well as financial support and health and wellbeing resources.

A digital training academy will also be offered to keep those currently out of work up to date with the latest essential training.

A line-up of hospitality leaders have backed the initiative, including Michel Roux Jr, Clare Smyth, Raymond Blanc, Alastair Storey, Wendy Bartlett and Danny Pecorelli.

“Each year thousands of young people come to work in our industry, but COVID-19 has forced many businesses to lay off staff to survive,” said Roux Jr. “Post-COVID and post Brexit, I really fear for the future generation of young chefs, waiters, restaurateurs and hoteliers.

“As an industry we had to do something about it. In a time of crisis, it’s never been more important to look after our people, ensure they are happy, healthy and ready for work. We must be ready to welcome back those who have long and established careers in the industry, as well as ensuring the next generation of workers are coming through.

“This is a great initiative and shows that, even when the industry is going through its toughest period, we really care about our people.”