Jobseekers in the West of England will now be able to discover the many rewarding opportunities in the region’s hospitality sector in seconds, thanks to a new website launched by Metro Mayor Dan Norris.
Jobs Connect is free and will connect locals to jobs with top hospitality and tourism employers in the area.
Job seekers can create and upload a digital CV which will then be shared with local recruiters. Job seekers can also search and apply for jobs and test their skills through online games. Companies can use the platform to list their current vacancies.
The platform was commissioned by the West of England Combined Authority, led by the Mayor of Underground, and built by Bath-based software company Cognisess.
Jobs Connect was officially launched at The Salamander on Wednesday March 16 by the Mayor of Metro who highlighted the number of job opportunities at pubs, restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions in the area.
The West of England Combined Authority is also teaming up with Bristol Live to celebrate some of the city’s most loved hospitality businesses and their hardworking employees. More details in April.
We spoke to Alex Black, Managing Director of Thekla, as part of the Moments Maker campaign, featuring our region’s top ‘hospitality careers’ speaking candidly about their career paths and why hospitality is such a rewarding and varied career choice in the long run. .
He said: “My life is all about music. I love going to concerts and listening to music. So when I come to do my job, I’m just myself. I don’t have to do a face like people do in other corporate offices.
“Working in Thekla, there is no typical day. My role is probably 50/50 between event management and business management. So a lot of the operational work takes place in my office and the rest is doing on-site events In the office I’m involved in inventory control, operational planning, financial forecasting and promotional work, so my role is quite broad, I really enjoy the variety.
Ahead of the launch of Jobs Connect, Metro Mayor Dan Norris met with Salamander manager James King, who said it has been difficult to fill vacancies at his pub since the pandemic and Brexit. The latest figures from the ONS show an incredible 675% increase in vacancies in the hospitality industry compared to last year.
Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “Jobs Connect is a bit like a job dating agency. Job seekers and companies upload their profiles and the website acts as a matchmaker. Individuals can take personality tests to determine their compatibility , and there are tips to make sure you put your best side forward and stand out from the crowd.
“By launching Jobs Connect, I hope to facilitate people’s access to the varied roles offered by this dynamic industry. I also want to change perceptions. Hospitality does not mean a temporary solution of waiting tables to accompany you; it can be a varied and highly skilled career for life.”
He added: “We have some amazing tourist attractions and great places to eat in the West of England. By developing Jobs Connect we are connecting more people to the many restaurants, pubs, hotels, guest rooms hosts, campsites and attractions across the West of England, ensuring our prosperity in the future.”
Speaking of the visit, Salamander Director James King said: “As a hospitality professional, from bartender to chef to management to business owner, I have felt the challenges of recruiting within the industry from all angles. This is particularly the case after Brexit and a pandemic, with so many employees returning home to Europe.
“The impact on frontline hospitality workers, who have to work harder to fill the gaps in staff and the difficulties for management and owners to fill these gaps, has been significant.
“Jobs Connect aims to bring together the right staff for the right companies, in addition to allowing staff to test their skills, directing them to the jobs that suit them best.
“I think the work the West of England Combined Authority has put into this project can have a big impact on the culture of hospitality recruitment and the overall perception of a career in this incredibly rewarding industry.”
The launch of Jobs Connect will be supported by a West of England Combined Authority campaign celebrating people who have developed a career in hospitality in the region.
The Mayor of Metro hopes this will foster the breadth of exciting opportunities the industry has to offer people.
To learn more about Jobs Connect, visit the website here.