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How Springboard could help with your hospitality career


The name gives you a clue – in a nutshell, Springboard is an organisation that acts predominantly as a starting block, by first helping young, unemployed and disadvantaged people launch their career in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry, then providing ongoing support.



Why is it needed?

The Springboard Charity helps young people achieve their potential; nurtures unemployed people of any age into work; and helps alleviate poverty by supporting disadvantaged and underprivileged people into sustainable employment within the hospitality industry.

We do this by equipping people with knowledge skills and confidence they need to achieve their potential and by carefully nurturing them into sustainable employment and vibrant careers in hospitality, leisure and tourism.

Our pipeline of support includes:

  • Education and learning activities in schools
  • Free specialist careers advice and guidance
  • Skills development
  • Pre-employment training
  • Work experience
  • Guidance into sustainable employment
  • Mentoring


Springboard UK LTD

Hospitality, leisure and tourism offer a wealth of career opportunities, a fact that Springboard UK has proudly promoted for over 24 years.

Springboard UK - the Charity’s subsidiary - works with, and for, the industry to improve perceptions, promote the industry as a great place to work and help attract fresh talent. In doing so, it helps to fill skills shortages, attract talent and raises funds to support the vital work of the Charity.

Furthermore, we help our individual investors and business partners address their Human Resource or Corporate Responsibility priorities effectively.

Springboard has a successful track record in this area and provides imaginative solutions that demonstrate a real return on investment via our high impact products and services.


Springboard’s main programmes

Here are a few of the main Springboard initiatives:

FutureChef is a UK-wide culinary programme that gives young people aged 12-16 a taste of the joys of cooking. The four-stage competition inspires young people to explore cooking as a life skill, helps to develop their culinary talent and opens up the possibility of a career in the hospitality industry. The annual event attracts no less than 8,000 competitors from 600 schools and involves about 1,000 chefs as mentors and judges, including celebrity chefs such as Brian Turner, Michael Caines, Cyrus Todiwala, David Mulcahy and Steve Munkley.

The Springboard KickStart programme is an established, highly successful programme working with young people leaving school, college or university, who are unclear as to their immediate career paths, or who are keen to enter hospitality but not sure in what field.

The programme provides young people with supported entry into their first step on the career ladder. Designed to help the industry attract more young people and talent spot, it involves a concentrated three week programme of preparation for work, short skills courses, and structured work experience with a view to move into employment or apprenticeships on completion.

Into Work Programmes focus on working with those who need our help most – whatever barriers they are facing in their journey into paid employment. The team are focused on supporting individuals through pre-employment training, work placements, interviews and mentoring once they are in work.

This support works to ensure the transition from economic inactivity to paid employment is as seamless as possible and that each individual knows they can rely on Springboard to help them, where others have let them down.


Education and resources:

Thankfully, hospitality is one industry where you can fulfil your ambitions while you’re still young enough to enjoy them. To that end, Springboard offers a range of tools and resources to help school-age children find their way into a college or apprenticeship, and to assist college leavers in moving their career forward. Check out some of the help available:

Teachers: There’s a dazzling range of free hospitality-related educational services, including computer programs, games, training packs and resources, for those involved with teaching the new Diploma curriculum for 14-19 year-olds.

Students: CareerScope offers a specialist careers advice and guidance service as well as access to a wide range of employers, through various activities including workshops, Springboard programmes and career fairs. Check out the CareerScope website and magazines.

Work placement advice for employers: By signing up to INSPIRE, businesses commit to providing the most effective work experience for young workers.

Business partnerships: Springboard’s Business Partnership is open to employers who actively invest in their people. It is a membership scheme where your business benefits from our massive profile with potential recruits and those who influence them. The impact for our Business Partners is immense – we help to improve the image of the industry overall and enhance their reputation as an employer.


Regular events for the diary:

  • National Waiters Day - The day aims to change the perception of Front of House and Service as an unskilled job working long hours to one of a job that offers good skills, leads to a rewarding career with good progression routes and amazing rewards. The money raised goes towards our legacy programme.


  • Team Velo Challenge - Sign up now to take part in the Team Velo Bike Ride from London to Paris and help break the cycle of poverty, by supporting the work of The Springboard Charity.


  • Big Hospitality Conversation - The Big Hospitality Conversation is a joint initiative between The Prince of Wales’s Charity Business in the Community, BHA and Springboard. It brings together influential industry leaders from the top hospitality businesses with young people (who are or have been unemployed, on work experience or on an apprenticeship) to stimulate an important dialogue on employability skills, work experience and apprenticeships.


For more information or to get in touch with Springboard, visit or telephone 0207 921 0420

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