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Hospitality job opportunities are endless, says B&K boss

By Nikkie Sutton

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Job offer: Brewhouse & Kitchen co-founder Kris Gumbrell had previously invited MPs to work a shift in one of his sites
Job offer: Brewhouse & Kitchen co-founder Kris Gumbrell had previously invited MPs to work a shift in one of his sites
Hospitality provides a set of transferable skills for employees opening up endless opportunities, Brewhouse & Kitchen co-founder Kris Gumbrell told The Morning Advertiser.

He also outlined how young people could save time and money by avoiding university and working in hospitality instead.

How would prospective employees get into the hospitality industry? 

For prospective employees trying the break into the hospitality industry, the opportunities really are endless. For those at the beginning of their careers, the process can be as easy as asking local businesses. However, a majority of the bigger names in hospitality will advertise their jobs online. The secret to making the most of a career in the hospitality industry is not so much about getting your foot in the door but by demonstrating a passion and drive to progress in your career from the outset.

Why should they consider it?

Often, those early on in their career and, as we have seen, those fully developed in other industries, underestimate the potential of a career in hospitality, which can offer an enriching and fulfilling one if nurtured correctly. Hospitality provides a lot of room for progression, there is always something to look towards and many of our managers first began with us. 

Why is hospitality a better option than university? 

There is a common pattern pushed by schooling systems whereby children aren’t truly exposed to what opportunities are out there. Hospitality provides so much room for progression and with an ever-competitive industry, there are so many graduates that come to us, after completing their degree seeking more opportunities.

If these young professionals had come to us once they had turned 18 then they could have excelled further, beyond a stage that they enter hospitality at post-degree completion. We have the tools in place to help young people early on in their career progress.

What would MPs learn from doing a shift in a pub?

It can be hard work. If you have back-to-back table bookings and a full bar, you have to be able to multitask. You don’t have the luxury of having calendar invitations to meetings and deadlines to plan your work around. MPs would quickly learn to prioritise their work in the most efficient and effective way, communicating to numerous team members and ensuring that their individual work forms part of a wider experience for the guests.

What are three main benefits of working in hospitality?

Having a job in the hospitality sector requires great communication skills, interpersonal awareness and collaboration. The job teaches you essential skills and, if you’re with the right company, these skills can be transferred to any company, anywhere around the world.

What opportunities does it open up?

Hospitality is always lively and an industry that allows people to expand on a transferable skill set. Opportunities are endless and the industry equips employees with excellent people skills that are key in any sector. Furthermore, being a part of the hospitality industry gives people room to reach their creative potential. It is an adaptable industry that provides opportunity to travel and sample the finer things in life.

How can the industry change the public opinion of the trade as an employer?

By getting serious about progression and providing the tools and avenues necessary. There needs to be the correct training and professional support, such as apprenticeship schemes that demonstrate clear lines of progression. Doing this will help the other industries and young people take hospitality seriously as a career option.

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