Ali started the Hospitality Futures programme after being unemployed for over six months. With a young family to support, Ali was feeling under pressure to find something that would not only lead to a secure and rewarding career, but also have the flexibility he required to manage his family commitments. As he didn’t have much work experience or a university degree, he began to feel a bit desperate about his situation and future.
It was in September 2017 at his local job centre that he came across the opportunity to be on Springboard’s Hospitality Futures Programme. Hospitality was an industry he had never considered before, but he thought the programme sounded exciting and so he quickly signed himself up.
Ali performed amazingly, and sailed through the programme. With his confident but inclusive personality, he was a positive influence on everyone around him. Indeed, it was evident that his naturally bubbly personality and sunny disposition made him a great fit for the industry.
At the end of the programme, Ali had to decide where he wanted to do his work placement, and he decided that he wanted to try food and beverage service, as the inter-personal aspect and practical nature of the job really appealed to him. It was then that he spoke with Coople, the world largest on-demand staffing platform – one of our fabulous corporate patrons – as we felt that their professional, fun and modern culture would really suit his personality. Furthermore, we felt that the nature of the work Coople provided would allow him to find flexible jobs in hospitality that he required to support his family.
Ali had the opportunity to increase the breadth of his experience by working in different positions in a couple of London high-end hotels, top event venues and renowned restaurants and bars. Ali did especially well in one of Coople’s clients, a 5-star London hotel, and at the end of his placement he was rewarded with a contract to work regularly through Coople on their platform. He has since been working consistently for over 6 months, honing his customer skills and increasing his experience. Ultimately the roles he has been performing on behalf of Coople have provided him with the chance to support his family whilst also beginning a career where he can thrive. Indeed, Ali continues to flourish as a great success story, and has been a regular source of positive feedback from Coople’s clients
The Springboard Awards celebrate the best the hospitality industry has to offer, rewarding businesses that show excellence in one or more particular fields – whether that’s implementing the latest digital technologies into their processes, or showing finesse in their recruitment procedures. And due to the high calibre of our industry’s businesses, entries are coming in fast… but what makes a good entry?
The judges are searching for companies that show continuous commitment to improving processes, and becoming the best of their particular field. Whether it’s forging strong links between the industry and educational institutions, raising the profile of the industry or showing unrivalled innovation and creativity in their initiatives – it’s about showing that they are the pinnacle of what they do. There are many different categories and awards to choose from, and businesses are able to submit applications for multiple categories.
Companies need to submit their application through our online form. However, companies can’t just talk the talk – they need to be able to back up their claims that they’re the top of their field. They need to clearly explain – and show – what they’ve done to achieve their goals, and explain exactly how they did it.
For example, let’s say ‘The Springboard Restaurant’ had recently been upping the ante on its Chef Development Strategy. They would need to be able to demonstrate effective and innovative processes, and an environment which would facilitate the attraction and growth of chefs.