Drinks group Diageo has signed a three-year partnership to help address chronic skills shortages in the UK hospitality industry.
Charities Springboard and Prince’s Trust have agreed to run Diageo’s Learning for Life program for the next three years with the aim of helping more than 3,000 young people find jobs. Springboard will be the lead partner, while The Prince’s Trust will support the delivery of the initial training.
“Hospitality organizations across the country will be as thrilled as we are to hear that our incredible partnership with Diageo continues for another three years,” said Springboard General Manager Chris Gamm.
“Lifelong learning plays such an important role in nurturing skilled and skilled professionals in the industry, thereby protecting the talent pool for hospitality.”
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Since its launch in the UK in 2012, 5,374 people have taken part in the Learning for Life program across more than 360 courses. The renewed partnership will expand the bartending and hospitality course to include three new delivery models.
According to industry group UKHospitality, there are currently 400,000 vacancies in the sector. With an average of 100,000 staff absences, the industry is missing more than 20% of its workforce on a daily basis.
“We know that the hospitality industry continues to face unprecedented challenges and many communities are struggling to recruit,” said Kate Moore, corporate head of Diageo.
Ben Marson, Director of Partnerships at The Prince’s Trust, added: “We are delighted to partner with Springboard for the Diageo Learning for Life program and believe that during this challenging time for the hospitality industry, we can pull together our collective strengths to supporting young people to meaningful work in the hospitality industry and ultimately building a better future for themselves.