The Springboard Charity

We run training in Hospitality. Diageo Learning for LIfe Courses consist of training and also work placement opportunities with our amazing business partners. Helping young people achieve their potential; supporting unemployed people of any age into work; and people facing multiple barriers to work.

Sector : Charities & Voluntary Sector

Where is your business based?

We are based UK wide

What is your name?

Kerry Armitt

What is your role within the business?

Programme Manager - Midlands

What does your business do?

We run an in to work programme for young people called Kickstart. and Diageo learning for life Bartending & Hospitality courses. Training and work placement opportunities. We also run programmes in the West Midlands for schools for pupils age 12 - 15 called Future Chef and Mentoring programmes. The Springboard Charity can support Careers Fairs, Industry information Sessions and Visits, Work Experience and Employability Programmes

What is special about your business - what makes it a great place to work?

The Springboard Charity is a great place to work and receives full backing and support from Job Centres and funding from Diageo to deliver the Diageo learning for life training programmes. We have fantastic links with business partners in hospitality, leisure & Tourism, including, Hilton, IHG, McDonalds restaurants, Mitchells & Butlers and many more... I get great satisfaction from seeing people blossom and gain new experiences and opportunities. I have worked in the charity sector for 16 years and this role makes good use of my knowledge and experience.

How many people do you employ?

Springboard is a large, well established and growing charity. There are over 50 people in the Springboard Charity!

What skills and qualities do you look for in new employees? Why should people look at jobs in this sector?

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic and determined to get the most out of the opportunities presented to them. Keen to learn and open to the possibilities that hospitality can offer. No experience necessary.

What other job roles do you have in your business?

If you are looking to change career and move into hospitality. If you previously worked in hospitality and want to return. Or if you have never worked but are keen to learn....we have a great opportunity for you!

How do I apply for opportunities?

Following this link you can see all of our programmes! or contact me

Does your company support any initiatives?

We are inclusive and committed to creating opportunities for all wherever we can.

Work Experience : Kickstart Programme

Springboard’s KickStart programmes are open to school and college leavers (16+) who are undecided on their career plans and is designed to help them in their career decision making. It is hard for young people to gain a foothold on the career ladder. KickStart (previously known as Summer School) has a proven track record in providing a structured transition from full time education into employment, apprenticeships and further or higher education within the field of hospitality, leisure or tourism. The programme allows businesses an opportunity to see, first hand, the talent that is out there as well as providing a platform for students to gain real insight into the wealth of opportunities they have on offer. For a participant leaving education this 3 week model over the summer months provides an excellent transition into the world of work through: Interviews – directly with the business Pre-placement training including information, advice and guidance, work tasters and recognised certified short courses Two week work placement which follows the quality standard INSPIRE Mentoring support from the Springboard regional team – throughout the programme Beginning in London 1999 this programme has evolved and for 2016 it is now present in 7 cities: Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, and Manchester.. Since its inception this programme has seen young people enter their first opportunity and now fulfil a career within the industry. Apply Here

Work Experience : Training & Work Placement

1 week training course covering: CV Building Interview Skills Accredited Qualifications : Food Safety Level 2 & Customer Service Level 2 Drink IQ Bar Academy 2 week work placement within Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism industry. Companies include, Hilton, IHG Group, Mitchells & Butlers, Hand Picked Hotels, Millennium Hotels, McDonalds restaurants