11 chains join food staff training scheme
Food chains such as Pizza Express and Starbucks have agreed to offer training places to unemployed people as part of new plans outlined by the Conservative Party.
Eleven of the country's largest hospitality, leisure and hotel companies have committed to a new Service Academy, which would provide 50,000 training places for those out of work.
Some of the hotel chains involved include the likes of Whitbread, Travelodge and the InterContinental Hotel Group, the latter of which has one UK establishment at London's Park Lane.
Commenting on the plans, Theresa May, shadow secretary of state for work and pensions, suggested the initiative could form a valuable part of staff training.
"We welcome the support being given by businesses in the hospitality industry and their commitment to helping to tackle unemployment by providing pre-employment training in this service sector," she said.
As part of the academies, businesses will be able to determine the training content, materials and structure of the staff exercises.