Hospitality and leisure businesses in Westminster can access a pool of seasonal workers created by the newly launched Westminster Works recruitment service.
Westminster Works is a joint initiative to support businesses, delivered by Knightsbridge Partnership and New West End Company and supported by Westminster City Council.
To provide additional seasonal support, Westminster Works has partnered with the University of Westminster and the University of Greenwich to link degree students with businesses requiring additional staff.
“One of the beauties of Westminster Works’ seasonal support programme is that we have linked with the Hospitality Management degree course at Greenwich University so students get practical experience and businesses get dedicated, degree level students who are committed to a career in hospitality” said Project Director Paul Barnes. “It’s a real win-win situation.”
The £1 million scheme is open to hospitality and leisure businesses in Westminster. It aims to help businesses to fill at least 2,200 vacancies by March 2024.
Launched in October 2022, over 2,000 job seekers have already registered for jobs advertised by businesses that have joined with the scheme. To be eligible businesses sign a pledge that commits to respect, reward and progression which is a demonstration of good employment practices.
Steve Medway, Chief Executive of Knightsbridge Partnership, welcomed the success of the scheme. “Westminster Works is a model for the rest of the UK in promoting good employment practices as a way of attracting staff. Working together, the business improvement districts of London’s two International Centres of Knightsbridge and the West End have shown how a business-led approach to providing services to businesses can make a real difference. I am proud that one of Knightsbridge Partnership’s first initiatives is making a real difference to business performance across the whole of Westminster.”
Businesses can register to join the Westminster Works scheme here