New film highlights exciting opportunities in the hospitality and tourism industry in Warwickshire

By 2025, the hospitality and tourism industry is expected to be worth £257.4 billion, providing 3.7m jobs nationally. Last year in Warwickshire alone, the industry was worth £1.1billion providing more than 20,000 jobs.

To maximise the potential of this rapidly growing sector, Warwickshire County Council has commissioned a short film to highlight the varied and exciting career possibilities for young people.

When considering jobs in the hospitality and tourism industry, many people only think of bar or waitressing jobs, yet there are so many other roles available at all levels, such as event management, marketing, human resources and customer service.

The film is designed to dispel some of the myths around this important sector, and shine a light on the different career paths, including fast-tracks to management, and opportunities to travel, many of which can lead to senior roles, including CEO, or head chef.

The vibrant hospitality and tourism sector in Warwickshire includes top-class hotels, restaurants, pubs and world-famous attractions such as the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Warwick Castle.

The short film, which is available on Warwickshire County Council’s website, will also be shown by schools throughout the county to young people. Parents will also be interested to see the range of career paths available. You can see a taster of the film here:

Joanne Hammick, General Manager at Q Hotels, The Stratford Manor says: “There is no doubt that recruiting and retaining staff in the hospitality and tourism industry can be challenging, which is why we welcome this project supported by Warwickshire County Council. This initiative will be a great boost in our efforts to fill the skills gap, and help attract the right people for the many and varied roles available in our industry.”

In the film we see 22 people working in a variety of roles talking about their career progression, the opportunities for training they’ve had, the skills they’ve picked up on the job, and what they love about working in the industry.

Taking part in the film and sharing their stories, are people in a range of roles up to senior management working at:

Billesley Manor Hotel

Eden Hotel Collection

Lovely Pubs

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts

Q Hotels

The Royal Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

One of the people featured in the film is Kelly Westwood, Group Talent Manager, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts. Kelly says:

“I started 21 years ago as a young kitchen assistant. Throughout my career I’ve done a variety of roles in hospitality, including general manager roles and talent manager roles. Recently I was promoted to Group Talent Manager. As part of that journey I’ve done various qualifications including apprenticeships; NVQs; and the most recent was a degree in Business Administration.”

“What I love about my role is meeting people from different cultures, backgrounds and continents. I get to speak to new people every day of the week!”

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council says:

“Warwickshire’s hospitality and tourism industry is worth £1.1 billion annually, and is growing year on year. The sector offers exciting and fulfilling career opportunities in a wide range of roles, with excellent opportunities for career progression. Many managers start their careers in entry-level positions and progress to senior positions through on-the-job training and hard work. We hope this film will dispel some of the myths which surround the hospitality and tourism sector and inspire many more of our young people to think about a career in this diverse and rapidly growing industry.”

The film will also be shown throughout the upcoming ‘My Hospitality World, Warwickshire’ event (27 February – 5 March), which brings top local hospitality employers and education together, to showcase the career opportunities available in the hospitality industry.

The full 15 minute film is available here:

The film includes contact details of the businesses featured for those wanting to find out more about opportunities available at these businesses.