Licensed Trade Charity bolsters support for job seekers

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Licensed Trade Charity, which supports pub, bar and brewery people, is bolstering its services for job seekers as the covid-19 pandemic continues to hit the hospitality sector hard.

The Charity, which has seen demand for help from current and former industry workers increase from 10,000 a year in 2018 to over 70,000 in 2020, has partnered with a number of companies including Hospitality Jobs UK (HJUK), a hospitality specific job board which advertises hospitality roles across the UK.

The partnership with HJUK will provide hospitality jobseekers with invaluable advice, guidance and insight.  It kicks off this month with a series of talks, entitled Everything You Need to Know About the Jobseeker Journey, co-hosted by Dawn Redman, founder and director of Hospitality Jobs UK and Carolyn Jenkinson, head of charity services at the Licensed Trade Charity. The series will launch on 17 February and will run across four weekly 20 minute episodes, accessible on the Hospitality Jobs UK YouTube channel and the Licensed Trade Charity website. The series will cover a range of topics, including how to start your job search, personal branding, staying motivated and how to successfully use social platforms. Viewers can get involved by tweeting in their questions before each talk to @ltcharity using the hashtag #TimeToTalkJobs or emailing hello@hospitalityjobsuk.com.

The series of online chats will bolster the Charity’s existing jobseeker support, which includes outplacement services, counselling and job coaches for those who find themselves facing redundancy; 1-2-1 coaching and group sessions on mental resilience, getting back into work and dealing with change; online training and modules to help people brush up old and gain new skills; and a dedicated helpline for managers dealing with a range of topics from managing stress to how to handle disciplinaries and redundancy.

Commenting on the extension of services and the partnership with HJUK, Carolyn Jenkinson, the Licensed Trade Charity’s head of charity services, said: “With pubs, bars and restaurants currently closed across most of the UK and a ban on the sale of takeaway alcohol, things are still looking pretty bleak for the hospitality sector. Many pub companies are battling to keep all of their outlets afloat, but the reality is that nearly 6,000 licensed premises closed their doors for good last year and many others are being forced to let staff go. We’re here to support those affected, from the supply chain to the frontline, right up to the boardroom.

“We’ve seen demand for our services increase dramatically since the start of the pandemic, with more people seeking emotional and financial support than ever before. We’re delighted to partner with Hospitality Jobs UK to bolster our support for job seekers and those looking to get themselves ‘market ready’. Through HJUK’s support we hope that we can enable more people to stay positive, identify their skillsets and realise their true potential.”

Founder and director or Hospitality Jobs UK, Dawn Redman, added: “Over the last six months, we have seen a dramatic increase in candidate registrations on Hospitality Jobs UK. This demonstrates the increased redundancy and closure rates within the hospitality industry during this pandemic.

“As more and more jobseekers reach out to us to find their next job, we believe part of our role as a job board is to provide them with expert guidance and advice on how position themselves during their job search journey. Partnering with the Licensed Trade Charity enables us to extend our reach, offering our services and support to even more people who are out of work, and searching for their next hospitality job.

“I was personally overwhelmed by the support the Licensed Trade Charity offers to people within the pub, bar, and brewery sectors. We are looking forward to assisting its network of job seekers and growing a successful long-term partnership.”

For further information, please visit www.licensedtradecharity.org.uk or call the 24/7 helpline on freephone 0808 801 0550.