Few young people interested in hospitality careers

Martha Elwell By Martha Elwell
3 weeks ago | Updated 3 weeks ago

UK: Less than a quarter of 16-21-year-olds in the UK would consider a career in hospitality

According to a new survey by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), less than a quarter (22%) of 16-21-year-olds in Britain would consider a career in hospitality.

According to the survey of 1,000 Britons, almost one in three (26%) also said they did not view hospitality as they would like to work in after obtaining a degree.

One in five respondents (19%) said they were unaware that a career in hospitality could lead to roles relevant to design, engineering, finance, HR, law and marketing. 26% thought that working in a hotel primarily entailed dealing with difficult guests.

The release of the research coincides with the launch of IHG's national hotel takeover, where 1,000 hospitality students will assist in the running of 30 hotels across the country.

Elaine Grell, vice-president of human resources, Europe and global functions at IHG said: "These results highlight just how important it is that young people get real life, on-the-job experience so they can fully understand how varied and exciting a career in hospitality can be. A hotel is a complex business with responsibility for a large team and big budgets. Yet a lot of people make assumptions based on what they may see as they only see from a guest's perspective."

James Ashall, programme director at Movement to Work, added: "Today's research from IHG highlights the gap that needs to be bridged by employers to reduce youth unemployment. There is more we should be doing to highlight the array of jobs available and the progress from those jobs into fulfilling careers. There are too many young people who fall into the seemingly endless circle of 'no experience no job; no job no experience', for a multitude of reasons, as employers through work placements we can provide the opportunities to help them gain confidence, break this cycle and fulfil their potential."

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