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Dundee to host The ‘Big Hospitality Conversation’ and pledge over 300 job opportunities for young people in The City

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Over 70 Scottish hospitality and tourism businesses are expected to attend the 3rd Scottish Big Hospitality Conversation event at the Apex Hotel in Dundee on the 26th January 2016 and make up to 100 pledges for new jobs and over 200 apprenticeships and work placements for young people, between 16-24 years old.


The event follows on from the success of last year’s Big Hospitality Conversation event in Glasgow, led by the British Hospitality Association in a UK-wide partnership with Springboard and Department for Work and Pensions, where 97 new jobs, 65 apprenticeships and 180 work experience placements were created.

The initiative, which is the industry’s biggest jobs creation drive, started in 2012 to help create 60,000 hospitality career starts for young people in the UK by the end of 2016.

In Scotland, hospitality businesses currently employ around 256,000 people, making up 9% of the workforce, which is set to grow significantly in the next five years.

Willie Macleod, Executive Director BHA Scotland said: “We are really looking forward to hosting the next Big Hospitality Conversation in the thriving City of Dundee where one-to-one and group conversations with key business leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry can really change young people’s lives.

“Our aim is to build on the success of the previous two events held in Glasgow last year and Edinburgh the year before and bring together over 70 businesses and around 100 young people under one roof, to highlight the wide range of training, qualifications and long-term career opportunities across all areas of the industry.

“Collectively we are committed to pledging up to 100 new jobs and 200 apprenticeships and work placements on the day which is why we are urging young people, locally and further afield, to come along and find out more about working in this vibrant industry, which is growing every year.”

Anne Pierce, Chief Executive of Springboard said: “Springboard is proud to be one of the founder partners of the Big Hospitality Conversation. It is recognised that work experience plays a key part in influencing a person’s career choice and this is why we are taking a lead role in this initiative.”

The event in Dundee, which is undergoing major regeneration, including plans to transform the waterfront into a leading tourist destination with new hotels and restaurants and the building of the V&A Museum, will be the 37th Big Hospitality Conversation event in the UK, where 47,000 job opportunities have already been created.

The event is sponsored by Apex Hotels, Tayside Audio Visual (TAV) in Forfar, Brakes and Fishers Laundry in Cupar.

Businesses wishing to attend the event are invited to register at and job seekers can register their attendance at