News from 2017

Springboard and wagamama announce business partnership

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Springboard and wagamama are delighted to announce an exciting new business partnership.

Springboard is delighted to be joining forces with wagamama on a major drive to inspire young people and unemployed adults into exciting careers in hospitality. The partnership will nurture a pipeline of talent into the industry, and make a positive contribution to improving perceptions of a career in hospitality, showcasing exciting career opportunities within progressive companies like wagamama.

wagamama is proud of its reputation as a leading restaurant brand, serving delicious Pan-Asian food inspired by the flavours of Japan. The partnership cements involvement in Springboard’s key activities including: training wagamama teams as Springboard Ambassadors who can work with schools to deliver interactive presentations and activities, motivating and inspiring potential new recruits to the industry; provision of expert careers advice to help people make informed career choices through Springboard’s CareerScope and engagement in Springboard’s successful IntoWork Programme, KickStart, which provides one week of intensive training to learn the skills and gain the qualifications needed to enter the industry, along with a two-week work placement.

Katherine Jempson, recruitment + project advisor in the people team at wagamama commented:

"At wagamama we celebrate diversity, individuality and the freedom to be you. We give our people the confidence to express themselves and we train everyone to be brilliant! wagamama is about helping you reach your career goals.

We have chosen to partner with Springboard because of the company's longstanding dedication to helping people achieve their full potential. Through this partnership we hope to find candidates who are passionate about the hospitality industry and eager to start their wagamama journey!"

Anne Pierce MBE, Chief Executive of Springboard, commented:

"wagamama is an amazing employer and we are excited to be working in partnership with them. Both organisations are committed to positive change and helping young people achieve their potential as well as relieving unemployment and poverty. Our programmes and activities have a proven track record of supporting people into sustainable employment in hospitality. Fresh, innovative and caring employers like wagamama are perfect partners to join us in our mission to keep on making a difference to people’s lives."

To find out more about Springboard’s programmes and activities visit