Companies Collaborate With Charity to Boost Job Prospects

TWO East Anglian businesses are partnering with a Suffolk charity to help enhance future job opportunities for young people.

TA Hotel Collection and Vertas have confirmed that they will be working with Inspire Suffolk, to create the Step Up programme.

The initiative will provide hospitality training, upskilling and job scope in the region, and is being funded by New Anglia LEP.

It will grant young people aged 16-24, the opportunity to gain industry-related training and qualifications as a stepping stone into employment.

TA Hotel Collection are hoping to offer young people who complete the course a role at one of their prestigious Suffolk coastal hotels, such as The Crown in Woodbridge and The White Lion in Aldeburgh.

Vertas are offering roles such as Food Service Assistants with fantastic opportunities for career progression. The course includes interview skills, CV building, relevant job training, supported work experience at one of Vertas’ catering locations and Food Hygiene qualifications.

Terry Baxter, CEO of Inspire Suffolk, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with TA Hotel Collection and Vertas on such a beneficial project, supporting and believing in the potential of local young people.

“Our Step Up courses are a brilliant way to bridge the skills gap and our partnership with local companies through the courses are a great example of ‘local supporting local’ and we thank them both very much.”

Peter Osborne, TA Hotel Collection Managing Director – Coast added: “We are committed to making a difference for young people and helping to educate the next generation of hospitality industry professionals.

“We look forward to welcoming the students at our hotels where they can experience a real customer focused environment and put their learning into context.”

Ian Surtees MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Vertas Group Limited also applauded the launch. He said: “The opportunity to upskill and develop young people, while recruiting talent for our growing business, is one we jumped at.

“This collaboration will give those who have had to overcome additional challenges the chance to ‘Step Up’ into a promising career in the catering and hospitality sector. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming the new recruits to Vertas and supporting them into work.”

To find out more about these courses and how you can get involved, visit or call 01473 353 194.


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