TeamJobs extends its hospitality to students
More than 21,000 people are currently employed in Bournemouth's hospitality sector and this is set to rise further thanks to new developments including the £50m West Central Leisure Complex and the five-star Hilton Hotel.
But, as TeamJobs' hospitality expert Rachel Wilson explained, supply is not keeping up with demand.
She said, "New hotels and attractions are fantastic news for Bournemouth, but there is currently a shortfall of part-time hospitality workers which means some weekends we have 80 positions waiting to be filled."
Wilson added, "TeamJobs organised hosted its first, one day 'job shop' at Bournemouth University's Talbot Campus to gauge students' interest in hospitality - and it was very encouraging.
"Hospitality can be a great option for students because it offers flexibility and varied shift patterns, meaning you can fit your work around your studies.
"Part time positions may even lead to opportunities for the future according to the Hospitality Guild, 660,000 employees and 133,700 managers and directors are needed to support the national hospitality workforce by 2020."
Harriette Anderson from TeamJobs' Hospitality agreed. "We believe BU students have the motivation and in many cases experience to make great hospitality candidates, and talking to them has proved that.
"We met around 250 students during our first 'job shop', most of whom were interested in finding out more about part time work.
"Many have hospitality experience already, from bar work and waiting tables to even chef experience.
"We have come away with CVs and a number of potential new candidates and will be hosting another job shop at BU again shortly."
Poole-based TeamJobs launched its hospitality recruitment arm following increased demand for quality staff from hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues.
A growing order book led to the company to open a new Hospitality office in the heart of Bournemouth, this summer.