CH&CO supports Springboard

CH&CO has strengthened its support of Springboard, and its new Springboard to 2022 initiative, with two clear commitments. First, the independent catering and hospitality business has pledged to advertise all of its entry level roles with Springboard before doing so externally. It has also signed up to work with Springboard to create jobs through the government’s Kickstart scheme.

Springboard to 2022 is the charity’s industry response to hospitality’s skills deficit and staffing crisis, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic, ensuring a skilled and engaged talent pipeline for when the industry needs it most. The goal is to have 10,000 young people trained and ready for work, in line with the industry’s recovery, by December 2022.

CH&CO has pledged to update its recruitment process to help Springboard realise this goal. Moving forward, all entry level roles across the business – including Gather & Gather, Vacherin and Company of Cooks – will be advertised through Springboard before any other external recruitment platforms.

In addition, CH&CO has chosen to work with Springboard to generate work placements for young people through the Kickstart scheme. Kickstart is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs strategy to help create roles for young people at risk of long-term unemployment as companies move on post Covid-19.      

Charlotte Hutchings, group people director for CH&CO, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Springboard to support its valuable Springboard to 2022 programme. The pandemic and lockdowns have caused untold damage to what was an already delicate hospitality talent pool.

“As an industry, as we rebuild, we all have a responsibility to restore confidence in hospitality as a diverse and progressive career option; and to create opportunities and support for the many young people that have been displaced and disillusioned over the past 12 months.”

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