Hospitality, like many sectors, is facing a skills shortage. And it looks like the recruitment challenge is set to grow, with a recent report commissioned by BHA and KPMG suggesting hospitality and tourism will be most affected by potential restrictions to EU migration.
With 28 years’ experience in hospitality and HR, Moira Laird, human resources director at Valor Hospitality Europe, explains how the company is transforming the way it attracts young talent, and why, with Brexit approaching, a collaborative approach across the sector is vital.
Dispelling myths and attracting the right people
For some time now, the hospitality skills shortage has been subject to much debate across the sector. There are many factors that have contributed to the situation, but I believe a key one is the false impression that many have of employment in hospitality. The sector, which I have enjoyed working in for more than two decades, has such as wide variety of roles to suit almost every skill set and this is a key message we must get across to our younger generations.
Going forward, we must attract more young people to hospitality, and the first step is improving the image of the sector. That’s why we’re committing to schemes that focus on educating people about the real hospitality industry and the diverse roles and great careers that are available within it.
One such scheme that we’re supporting will see each of our 17 hotels partner with local schools, with our chefs and restaurant managers giving lessons to primary school pupils on food and nutrition, getting them excited about cooking, but also offering an insight into the hospitality sector. Educating at a younger age will help to dispel long-held myths about the limited roles available in the industry and get children inspired by our talented chefs and managers, encouraging more to consider a career in hotels, F&B and tourism.
Read Moira’s full article here!