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BCHA launches scheme to retrain unemployed people to boost Christchurch hospitality workforce hit by Covid




UNEMPLOYED people are being retrained to create a new hospitality workforce across Christchurch, Poole and Bournemouth to address shortages caused by the pandemic.

Charitable organisation BCHA (Bournemouth Churches Housing Association) has launched At Your Service, supported by BCP Council.

The free programme works in collaboration with hospitality and leisure employers to offer skills training, coaching and work experience to help people get back into work.

Unemployed people and those on short-term contracts are able to receive free skills training, coaching and work experience in hospitality and leisure
Unemployed people and those on short-term contracts are able to receive free skills training, coaching and work experience in hospitality and leisure

Training over four weeks includes accredited City and Guilds level 2 food and hygiene, barista training, level two certificate in customer service and level two certificate in personal development for employability.

BCHA’s employability and skills experts also assist participants with job searches, interview preparation and coaching.

Project manager Val Jefferies said: “At Your Service has been created in direct response to unemployment resulting from Covid and the current skills shortage and recruitment challenges within the hospitality and leisure sectors across BCP.

Project manager Val Jefferies
Project manager Val Jefferies

“The vision of a post-Covid high street is shifting away from largely retail towards an experiential arena for customers to enjoy eateries, coffee shops, themed pop-up food outlets and galleries. This will create substantial and much-needed growth within the hospitality and leisure sectors.

“At Your Service recognises that many people who have lost their jobs already have valuable transferable skills, which when teamed with relevant training, coaching and work experience can enable them to enter into meaningful employment in these sectors.”

For more information visit www.bcha.org.uk/our-services/employability-skills/at-your-service/



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