A new recruitment service, Westminster Works, has been created to help fill thousands of vacancies in the hospitality and leisure industries. It is hoped that the scheme will, “… breathe life into the area’s world-class hospitality and leisure industry by tackling record staffing shortages and filling a minimum of 2,200 jobs.“
The scheme will pioneer a new rapid recruitment approach, where CVs are scrapped in favour of on the job trials and accelerated training, with the intention of the initiative becoming a blueprint for hospitality hubs across the UK.
From the recent press release,
The initiative, backed by Mayor of London and created in partnership by Step Ahead, New West End Company, Knightsbridge Partnership, Step Ahead Recruitment Agency and AttisTowns and funded by Westminster City Council, is the first of its kind in the UK.
Devised and developed by more than 100 hospitality and leisure industry-leaders in the area, ‘Westminster Works’ will aim to fill a minimum of 2,200 vacancies at hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, clubs, casinos and other eligible venues across Westminster by March 2024.
Westminster, which includes the entertainment and leisure mecca of the West End, is home to 3,700 restaurants, bars and cafes and a further 4,000 leisure businesses supporting 120,000 jobs in the city.
Geoff Barraclough, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development at Westminster City Council, said,
“This will be a win-win for both businesses and workers, and we hope that Westminster Works becomes a model for similar schemes across the entire country to help the hospitality and leisure industry get back on its feet. Every business should sign up now.”
The full press release is available by clicking the download button below.