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A free recruitment portal to match hospitality and tourism workers currently displaced as a result of as a result of the COVID-19 crisis is now available.

Supported by the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) and UK Hospitality, the portal is designed to help tourism and hospitality staff find at least temporary employment in other sectors such as food retail and supply, health care and delivery that now require high volumes of staff to get through the crisis.

Harri, the hospitality workforce platform, has created the HospitalityUnite jobs hub. It will also enable sector companies such as those in the food drink retail and care sector with under-employed staff to second them to work in other sectors during the crisis.

Video screening will be provided as part of the service to speed up the recruitment process. The portal will not be visible to the public and can only be accessed by the tourism, hospitality community through a link provided by participating companies.

Pete Willis, Director at Harri, said: “HospitalityUnite already has a commitment from the likes of Lidl, Amazon, Planet Organic, Just Eat, Co-op, Waitrose, Care UK, Morrisons, Balhousie Care Group and logistics companies who need additional staff and who see skilled hospitality workers as ideal recruits.

"Right now we have 4,000 vacancies at Amazon and 2,500 vacancies with Lidl ready to go onto the website.

“During the current emergency, any hospitality operator will be able to sign up for free resources and courses. These will be available for all hospitality employees on the topics of mental health and wellbeing, in conjunction with Upskill People and the MIND charity.”

Marc Crothall, CEO of the STA,, said: “While hospitality and tourism has received vital support from both the Scottish and UK Governments, the sector is also playing its part in trying to mitigate the hardship that so many of our people have suffered at this time and will suffer in the weeks and months to come, and at the same time help those parts of the economy that now need extra labour to keep the country running.”

 

Susie Haywood
Article by Susie Haywood
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