Your Future Talent

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Your Future Talent

The Central District Alliance (CDA) Business Improvement District is home to a thriving hospitality sector, with some of London’s finest hotels and great independent restaurants located in the district, alongside a vibrant night-time economy.

Whilst post-pandemic business continues to recover on an upward curve, CDA acknowledges that staff shortages within hospitality have hit a record high and the issue requires significant attention to underpin the recovery of the industry.

Launched in early 2022, Your Future Talent is designed to bring businesses, young people and local job seekers together; supporting them in employment, skills and training and provides access routes into local apprenticeship schemes, through a variety of initiatives.

The projects we are delivering to support our hospitality sector this year will not only equip and upskill local people for careers in hospitality, but will create a new workforce of budding and talented employees to help businesses in the district replenish their staff levels. 

 

Hospitality support

The Mayor’s Academies Programme

Launching soon, in partnership with Capital City College Group, the programme will lead to the creation of a Hospitality Hub - supporting those most affected by the pandemic with training and employment.

Hospitality Sponsorship

By partnering with a hospitality school that connects hotels and communities, we are able to sponsor and support students into new entry-level positions and help further their careers. 

 

 

Career & apprenticeship workshops

Our various workshops offer guidance on interview techniques, networking skills and practical advice, targeted at those wishing to begin apprenticeships, undertake employment and find skills and training.

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The Mayor’s Academies Programme - Hospitality Hub

Hospitality is one of London’s most important industries, providing jobs for 568,000 people and contributing £17billion gross value added to the London economy. In January 2022 there were over 6,000 jobs advertised in London, offering excellent career prospects. Staff and skill shortages are present across all key sub-sectors including food and beverage, accommodation, entertainment, and tourism.

The Mayor’s Academies Programme is a partnership with Capital City College Group and will develop a Hospitality Academy Hub. The Programme aims to support Londoners hardest hit by the pandemic into good work in sectors key to London’s recovery and long-term economic growth, as part of the London Recovery Programme. It will do this by providing financial support for the coordination and quality marking of training in London (including adult education) and the provision of bespoke support to help newly skilled people into work in our priority sectors.

The programme will not only produce a new pool of employees for businesses in the hospitality industry to recruit from but will also provide career development opportunities for existing employees

Hospitality Hub

Hospitality Sponsorship

By partnering with a hospitality school that connects hotels and communities, we are able to sponsor and support students into new entry-level positions and help further their careers. 

This partnership unites a collective of businesses who share a passion for educating local communities and re-thinking the hospitality industry’s standard hiring practices. The six week programme equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to build meaningful careers in the industry and hotels within the collective then have the opportunity to hire graduates directly from the process once the programme ends.

 

Career workshops

Our various workshops offer guidance on interview techniques, networking skills and practical advice, targeted at those wishing to begin apprenticeships, undertake employment and find skills and training.

During the workshops, our specialist partners offer specific advice on CV improvements, finessing interview skills and techniques, networking with confidence and finding long term employment; ultimately equipping candidates with the skills and know-how to proceed with success in their future employment. 

By working in partnership with employment organisations such as Good Work Camden and Islington Working, we are enhancing social mobility within our local communities as well as filling job vacancies across Holborn & Clerkenwell. Our commitment also includes attending jobs fairs, assisting refugee groups into the workplace and empowering women to thrive in employment.

 

Apprenticeship Scheme

Central District Alliance, working with various partners, will run an employability programme, targeted at those wishing to begin apprenticeships, undertake employment and find skills and training. The support and guidance offered will help employees navigate their new roles with success, whilst simplifying the process for the recruiting business.

Debbie Akehurst - Chief Executive Officer, CDA

For CDA’s Chief Executive, Debbie Akehurst, creating social value and enhancing our local communities sits at the heart of her approach. CDA are committed to raising awareness and building confidence of apprenticeship schemes within our business community. Following on from our apprenticeship event in February, we will be hosting a variety of webinars and events, all designed to promote the benefits of apprenticeships and deliver real change.

"Partnership working must be at the heart of implementing change. Individually we can achieve great things, but working in partnership, and as a collective, we can achieve so much more – and the impact on people’s quality of life is much greater.

Helping people achieve their potential is extremely powerful – it drives economic growth, which is ultimately good for both individuals and society as a whole.  We must also ensure that we build social capital, as well as physical capital, within our communities."

Debbie is a Member of the London Apprenticeships Ambassador Network, as well as previously sitting on the Employment Skills Board and MOPAC Board at the Greater London Authority. She has won a National Outstanding Achievement Award from the UK Social Mobility Awards for her work on this agenda.

To find out how your business can benefit from Your Future Talent, please contact Wayne Lewis, Project Manager, using the details below. 

Project Lead

Wayne Lewis
Project Manager
E: Wayne@centraldistrictalliance.com