Spirit steps up work placements
5 March, 2013
Spirit Pub Company is stepping up efforts to recruit the next generation of staff with the offer of 450 work placements over the next two years.
The provision is under the Teen Spirit Work Inspirations Programme, and has been developed with the B-live Foundation, set up to aid young people in their personal and working development. Spirit is pitching its career pathways through the B-live website, which reaches nearly a quarter of a million people aged from 11 to 19. They can also apply directly for a placement through the site.
Jo Bradford, Spirit’s national qualifications manager, said the programme would act as “bait” to get young people interested in a career with Spirit. “Working with the B-live Foundation we are able to fulfil our ambition to educate, influence and then recruit a new generation of school leavers onto a career path in the hospitality trade. Our main goal is to encourage students to discard the myth that hospitality jobs are part-time roles or something that you fall into…. After finishing their work inspiration programme with us, we hope to see many recruited as apprentices, so that when they come to leave school we can provide them with a credible alternative to further education.”