The Crown Estate is hosting a careers fair designed to support the hospitality industry. The free event will give over 500 applicants the chance to earn a role in hospitality at one of 25 West End businesses.
The hospitality industry has suffered greatly from the pandemic, and a recent Opinium poll shows that only 5% of young adults are considering a job in hospitality. This means that it is an ideal time to find a position, with so many vacancies available.
Crown Estate Customer Partnership Director Leanne Catterall explains how this jobs fair represents a new direction for the Crown Estate, and new opportunities for applicants.
“This is the first jobs fair of its kind for The Crown Estate and will act as a pilot for how we can continue working with, and supporting, our customers and communities in the future,” Catterall says, “It will be a great opportunity to not only support our customers, by showcasing the fantastic career opportunities within hospitality, but also unlock new opportunities for people from all different backgrounds.”
There is a wide range of positions to fill, so participating businesses are looking for baristas, bar tenders, waiters, chefs, operation managers, pastry chefs, housekeepers, and more.
The businesses involved include top London restaurants and cafés, including Park Row, Ole & Steen, Café Murano, and the critically acclaimed Fallow restaurant. James Robson, who Co-founded Fallow in St James’ Market, is excited for the chance to participate following such a hard time to find staff.
“What a great event to be a part of. We launched Fallow at a tremendously difficult time – just days before the first lockdown. Our sector has been crippled by the pandemic and staffing is a major part of this,” Robson says, “We need to do all that we can to show prospective employees the wonders that a role in hospitality can provide, and the jobs fair will do just this.”
The event will take place on Tuesday, June 14th, from 10AM to 4PM at Park Row restaurant on Brewer Street. The fair, which will feature culinary and industry workshops, is free to attend.