"You can work any day of the week from Monday to Sunday and the flexibility makes it a dream job."
Chris Sprague ex MD of Elior and Springboard Board of Directors member looked at the exciting and family elements of the industry,:
"It’s a family, that’s the message we do not get out. It’s a really nice place to work and people look after you."
Its also clear from the people in the room that Hospitality can lead to a great, rewarding and sucessful career. Both Chris Sprage and GIG MD Antony started out as Kitchen Porters and many others around the room started out in entry level Hospitality positions to become leaders.
Paul Coley also mentioned the use of language to describe the industry and how this can put people off where people are focussing on the long hours, stress, low pay and physical work. However when we dug into the conversation and looked at the research there were far more positives that people felt the Hospitality industy provides.
‘making someone’s day’
‘being part of special occasions’
‘becoming part of the family’
‘community of people’
‘not your normal 9 to 5’
‘employing you for life’
David Kreysa, Head of Talent at Ennismore also proposed the idea that a group coalition or campaign working together accross different brands and arms of the industry could lead to the biggest impact across the board.