Savoy Educational Trust donates £1m to Springboard

UK: The Savoy Educational Trust has awarded a £1 million grant to The Springboard Charity to help 1,000 young people into hospitality work over the next 18 months.

Springboard’s latest project – Springboard to 2022 – aims to train and support 10,000 young people into hospitality work by December 2022, to help the industry’s recovery post-Covid.

The current skills shortage across the industry is expected to be impacted further by Brexit.

The forecasted cost to deliver the project is £5 million, with the Savoy Educational Trust coming on board as one of the campaign’s biggest supporters.

Julia Sibley, chief executive of The Savoy Educational Trust, said: “Since its inception, the Savoy Educational Trust has played a key role in providing funds to a wide array of educational projects within the hospitality industry. The Trustees are very concerned for the industry in light of the pandemic and are really keen to be able to give financial support to an initiative that will protect the future careers of the young people who make up such a large percentage of the hospitality workforce. They are proud to support Springboard to 2022 – Futureproofing Hospitality’s talent pipeline.”

The Trust has been a supporter of Springboard for more than 20 years, and has awarded considerable funding for Springboard’s FutureChef programme and the GEMS mentoring scheme. 

Chris Gamm, chief executive of Springboard, added: “Springboard is delighted to be working with the Savoy Educational Trust as lead partner in Springboard to 2022. Young people are the future of the hospitality industry, and training and supporting 10,000 of them into jobs in hospitality will play a significant part in future-proofing the industry’s talent pipeline and addressing its long-term staffing crisis. The investment will enable Springboard to directly train and support 1,000 young people into traineeships, apprenticeships and direct employment by April 2022, as well as playing a key role in the delivery of the total target.”

Springboard has been supporting unemployed people to improve their career in hospitality, leisure and tourism for over 30 years. The charity equips young people with personal, professional and career skills through education programmes and work experience placements, whilst promoting hospitality as a career of choice.

The Savoy Educational Trust was established in 1961 by four directors of the then Savoy Hotel Group. The Trustees award grants to a variety of hospitality related projects, including training, education and scholarships, other associations and charitable organisations, as well as supporting industry competitions.

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