Charity launches women in hospitality campaign

Only A Pavement Away has announced a new women in hospitality campaign and mentorship programme.

Only A Pavement Away, the industry charity aiding prison leavers, veterans and those facing homelessness find employment in the hospitality sector, has announced a new women in hospitality campaign and mentorship programme called A Seat at the Table.

Launched on International Women’s Day (8 March), the campaign has been created to champion the hospitality industry as inclusive and a great career option for women facing homelessness.

More broadly, the initiative is supporting the sector in placing more women in senior leadership roles, as just 30% of all hospitality leaders are women according to a recent study.

Only A Pavement Away has committed to supporting at least 250 women into purposeful careers in hospitality this year.

The mentorship programme is open exclusively to women placed into employment by Only A Pavement Away and will match mentees with inspiring female leaders from across the industry to support them in achieving their respective career goals.

A Seat at the Table will initially pilot with four mentorship partnerships, with each mentor committing to spending six sessions this year with their mentee, under the guidance of Only A Pavement Away career coach Will Andrews. 

"Through our work with people facing homelessness, and our close ties with hospitality, we know women face unique issues both prior to us working with them and when they are in employment," says Greg Mangham, CEO and founder of Only A Pavement Away. "It’s our ambition, with the launch of the A Seat at the Table campaign, to raise awareness of these issues and to facilitate more female veterans, prison leavers and women facing homelessness to achieve stability through long term and meaningful employment. This campaign will help us deliver the end-to-end support needed to help our female members throughout their Only A Pavement Away journey.”

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