Crowdfunder launched to raise £50k to tackle travel industry jobs crisis

By Linsey McNeill
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The ITT Future You careers initiative is looking to raise £50,000 in seed funding from the industry to tackle the jobs crisis.

It has launched the Future You Foundation, led by Claire Steiner, Danny Waine and Paul Cowley to help raise the profile of careers in travel and attract new talent.

The foundation is seeking to raise funds from both individuals and companies via its Crowdfunder page.

Donations are already flooding in from industry professionals attending this week’s ITT conference, where the Future You Foundation was launched.

Future You already hosts an annual conference at World Travel Market London, eight ‘On The Road’ events in England and provides careers resources to schools, colleges and universities.

All events are organised by a team of industry volunteers and showcase a diverse range of speakers and job roles.

The Future You Foundation aims to bring the industry together to collaborate on talent challenges, directly create job for graduates and apprentices and internships for students.

It also wants to expand its reach across the UK to include events in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as creating a Global Advisory Board of industry stakeholders.

The Future You Foundation will also launch an online talent platform to showcase students and graduates actively looking for jobs within travel and tourism businesses, launch a mentoring scheme and host industry masterclasses aimed at the next generation of travel industry professionals.

Claire Steyner said: “The Future You Foundation is a collaborative industry initiative, bringing together the travel, tourism, hospitality and aviation industries to champion what a great sector this is to work in.

“All parts of the sector are struggling to attract, recruit and retain talent, so we’re asking the industry to get behind the Future You Foundation and to work together to shout about the opportunities that we offer.” The Future You Foundation Crowdfunder page will be open for an initial four week period till 14 July.

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