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Manchester Hoteliers’ Association (MHA) throws its support behind recently launched Manchester Talent Hub

Manchester Hotelier’s Association (MHA) has partnered with Marketing Manchester and GC Employment on the launch of the new Tourism and Hospitality Talent Hub.
The recently launched resource, which is available to individuals working in the tourism and hospitality industries provides support to those who’s employment has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Services include helping with sourcing new job opportunities in businesses that are still recruiting, assisting with CV preparation and work skills, and training opportunities for staff to gain other skills that might help their future careers.
Following a successful launch period, the talent hub, which is currently working with over 6 operators has received great feedback on the support it provides to assist with new job opportunities, training and advice on employment.
Chair of MHA, Adrian Ellis said: “We have been delighted to work with Marketing Manchester and GC Employment on the Tourism and Hospitality Talent Hub and it’s been great to see how this has supported many people who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Support for staff who are not able to return to their previous positions in the hospitality sector will be crucial over the coming few months as we look to recover from one of the most challenging times in recent history and we are really glad we can assist The Growth Company with this initiative.”
MHA has provided practical support for the project as well as working closely with Marketing Manchester and GC Employment to ensure the hospitality and tourism sector are aware of the new support measures in place.
Sheona Southern, Managing Director at Marketing Manchester said: “At the start of 2020, the visitor economy was worth over £9 billion per annum and supported over 101,000 jobs. The impact of Covid-19 on jobs in tourism, hospitality and leisure has undoubtably been devastating with many livelihoods affected. As we rebuild our visitor economy it is essential that we support, and guide effected individuals through this difficult period and the Tourism & Hospitality Talent Hub has been set up to do exactly that.”
Mark Hughes, CEO of The Growth Company, said: “We understand the challenges the Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure industries are facing. As we start to return to the ‘new normal’, we want to ensure that businesses have the right support to help both them and their employees as they navigate significant changes to the sector. Whether this be through skills development, talent management, or re-shaping, this new resource will be essential for helping to future proof the sector.”
Adrian added: “Despite there being slow signs of recovery and optimism amongst the cities leaders it is crucially important we continue to support those most in need. I am looking forward to continuing to work with Marketing Manchester and GC Employment providing practical support from hotels across the region.”
The MHA has a 50-strong membership made up of general managers of hotels throughout the region. Its key objectives are being a strong voice for the hotel community, and continually improving the offering for visitors spending time in the city.

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