- Young people with learning disabilities prepared and served lunch for hospitality leaders
- Penny Mordaunt, MP and Minister for Disabled People, Health & Work gives her backing
Minister for Disabled People Penny Mordaunt MP urged hospitality leaders to tap in to the huge pool of talent amongst people with disabilities at a lunch at which young people with learning disabilities showcased their food preparation and service skills at a special lunch laid on for prospective hospitality industry employers.
The showcase was supported by businesses that support disadvantaged young people into work in hospitality and was also backed by top chefs Brian Turner and Cyrus Todiwala OBE. Disability Minister Penny Mordaunt, MP backed the initiative in a speech at the London event on 31 October.
Penny Mordaunt, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, said: “Disabled people make up almost a fifth of the working age population, and it’s crucial that the hospitality industry is not missing out on the skills, talents and personal qualities they can bring to the workplace.
“Today’s event goes to show that there is a huge pool of talent out there, and I urge all employers across the industry and beyond to help ensure the opportunity is there for everyone to reach their full potential.”
The showcase lunch enabled hospitality employers to experience the untapped talent the industry badly needs; a sector that is predicted to create more than 500,000 jobs in the next 5 years. Workers with learning disabilities form a readily available employment group as one of the many hurdles they face is a far higher than typical unemployment rate – it stands at just 5.8% for paid work. They also thrive on an established routine, and jobs in hospitality often entail this.