Partnership agreement to boost skills of unemployed
Sector skills council People 1st and dinning restaurant chain operator Tragus Group have announced a partnership that will help unemployed people find work.
The partnership will see People 1st work closely with the Tragus team to run 'employment academies', which will provide job seekers with the skills they need to work in the hospitality industry.
Martine Pullen, head of pre-employment and apprenticeships at People 1st, said that it was fantastic to work with Tragus.
"Tragus has some fantastic brands and is a huge operation throughout the UK, so we're absolutely thrilled to be working in partnership with them.
"The level of support throughout the organisation has been amazing - every level of the operation has really been able to see the benefits our work can bring."
People 1st's work with Tragus will involve liaising directly with restaurant managers and local JobCentre Plus operations to identify unemployed people, and then train them so that they have the skills needed to work in the hospitality industry, and match them with local job opportunities.
Sara Edwards, group human resources director at Tragus, said: "The new partnership will provide fantastic opportunities both for Tragus and all programme participants. We know that people who are trained through the programme People 1st uses - Employment 1st - have the skills we want and need, so we will guarantee an interview to anyone who completes it.
"The employment academies are in the best interests of the company, but we' re also really happy that we'll be giving something back to the industry and local communities. By supporting a programme that gives people the skills to work in hospitality, we're helping make sure that the industry as a whole benefits from a better trained workforce."
Tragus plans to use the employment academies to help as part of meeting its future recruitment needs.