Education Business Solutions and Manchester City Council have delivered the fourth in a series of jobs fairs targeted at opportunities in the Hospitality and Customer Service industry.
The event, held at the four star Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel in Manchester city centre, gave the attendees an insight into the opportunities available in the sector as well as a chance to try a range of practical activities that they may face when working in hospitality, including housekeeping, kitchen work, and working in the hotel’s bars, where the clients were able to have a go at mixing non-alcoholic cocktails.
Over 70 local job seekers, who had been referred by Jobcentre Plus, the National Careers Service, community groups and job clubs attended the fair.
Frank Kinrade from Education Business Solutions opened the event, giving a perspective on the importance of the sector to the economy, and outlining the many different career paths and opportunities available.
Then the V and A’s HR Manager Barbara Cohen gave the participants an holistic overview of the issues involved in running a large four star hotel, and the qualities they look for in potential recruits. The job seekers then had the chance to have a tour of the hotel, to attend a workshop organised by the National Careers Service on customer service, teamwork and communications, and to have a go at cocktail mixing.
After lunch, the attendees were able to talk to a range of over 20 employers and training providers, who between them had a total of over 400 job and apprenticeship vacancies available. There was one immediate success, when 20 year old job seeker Joalis Chambers was offered a position at McDonalds to start on the following day. Originally McDonalds said that all applicants would have to apply online, but they were so impressed with Joalis that they made the offer there and then.
Frank Kinrade from Education Business Solutions said: “These events, organised with Manchester City Council, have proved extremely successful in giving potential recruits into the sector a real taste of what’s involved in working in hospitality, and the chance to meet face to face with employers who have vacancies available right now. We’re still tracking the progress of the people who attended the previous events, but it’s already clear the events have been a springboard into a hospitality career for many of them.”
Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council said: “Events such as this successful jobs fair are hugely important in helping to ensure that Manchester residents have the best possible information and support as they explore the range of job opportunities available to them."
If you are a job seeker who would like to attend the next event, or an employer who would like to exhibit, please contact Frank Kinrade at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0161 245 4942.