Vietnamese restaurant Pho has recruited nine young people from local youth charity The Factory Youth Zone to work in its Manchester restaurant, which opens next week.

The Factory Youth Zone - a charity run youth centre, which welcomes 1,000 young people each week - hosted a recruitment day for anyone interested in a career in hospitality.

Pho’s head of people, Lucy Taylor, lead a training session with 11 recruits and hosted a series of mock interviews. The recruits also spent a day training in Pho’s Leeds restaurant with the front of house team.

The candidates completed a week of work experience at local businesses including the James Martin Manchester restaurant.

Following an interview with the restaurant’s general manager, nine young people have been selected to work at the 200-seat Manchester site.

Taylor said: “Working with The Factory Youth Zone and the young people has been a fantastic experience and we are so happy to have made so many successful hires. All of the recruits were so engaged throughout their training and their effort has paid off for them.”

She said that the chain plans to work with similar programmes across the country.