Linking 35 local and national employers with over 1,000 job seekers from Haringey, the Big Hospitality Conversation, delivered in partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, offered tailored employability workshops, seminars and training to young people seeking employment within the hospitality and tourism industries.
Club catering partner, Centerplate, and our security firm Carlyle joined household names including Costa, Premier Inn and Nandos to pledge live job and training vacancies throughout the day, alongside Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s education and employment team who provided practical employability advice and guidance on gaining relevant qualifications, interview techniques and careers choices.
The action-packed event also saw Foundation CEO Grant Cornwell MBE challenge Iain Duncan Smith MP to a pancake-making contest, whilst Ledley tried his hand at napkin art alongside local job seeker Charlie, under the watchful eye of former Royal Butler, Grant Harold.
Designed to support Haringey residents into employment, the event, supported by the Department for Work and Pensions and Haringey Council, was the first of its kind to be delivered in partnership with a Premier League Football Club.
The 2,000 employment opportunities generated on the day brings the total UK career opportunities delivered by the Big Hospitality Conversation to date to over 40,000.
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the charitable arm of Tottenham Hotspur football club, has already created over 600 job opportunities for Haringey residents via jobs fairs, apprenticeship schemes and partner initiatives through a unique partnership with Haringey Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.
Ledley King said: “Tottenham Hotspur is committed to creating employment opportunities for local young people, and holding regular job fairs at an iconic venue like White Hart Lane is a great way of doing this.
“It was great to speak to young people at this event who are looking for a new challenge, and I was really impressed by their enthusiasm.”
Ufi Ibrahim, CEO of the British Hospitality Association, said: “This event demonstrates that our industry is about action to grow jobs. We are going out into the community to demonstrate the range of exciting careers available across our industry. The BHA wants politicians to understand how important the hospitality and tourism industry is in generating high quality careers for young people.”