What have we got against students?

Placements are a great way to ‘try before you buy’

I find it rather sad that as the universities and colleges break up for their summer break, I hear that many of the hospitality & tourism students have yet to find placements for the coming term.

Yet, we hear that the industry is struggling to get the right candidates to fill management and chef positions, despite there supposedly being so much talent from other industries on which to capitalise.

Why is it businesses are so reluctant to take on students?  If we don’t give them the experience they need, then who is to blame when there is a lack of candidates?

From my own experience, offering placements to university students can bring new talent that can make a real difference to our business.   The benefits include: a source of fresh enthusiasm and new ideas; extra support while we are pursuing other business or organisational issues; a means of tackling shelved projects to take us forward (such as how to be at the front of the queue when the market picks up again); a route to university resources and knowledge, and last but not least, a cost effective solution to our recruitment needs.

I know of many hotels and restaurants who have ended up recruiting former placement students on a permanent basis at the end of their studies; what better way to ‘try before you buy’ a potential new recruit.

And as the economy picks up again we’ll be in a better position to attract  more of the high calibre managers we need to support the growth of our industry.

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