The Springboard Charity helps young, unemployed and disadvantaged people improve their prospects in life through a career in hospitality, leisure and tourism.

Springboard provides a range of opportunities for sustainable employment, or vibrant careers  in hospitality, leisure and tourism through;

  • Free specialist careers information
  • Taster work experience opportunities
  • Development programmes to help maximise the chances of obtaining sustainable   employment
  • Pre-employment and mentoring programmes
  • Educational teaching resources, information, support and student activities to teachers in   schools and colleges

Springboard equips people with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential.

Springboard also works closely with the industry to help attract more talent and address skills shortages. In doing so, it has the support of over 180 different industry establishments and suppliers.

For more  information about Springboard, visit

We’re delighted that at this year’s lunch Dhruv Baker, former winner of MasterChef, will be talking to us about his work with the Springboard charity and what he values about what they do. Mexican-born and Indian-raised Baker quit his job in media sales after winning the 2010 series of MasterChef. Since his win he has worked with Michel Roux Jr at Le Gavroche and at De Librije in Holland amongst other projects. He has launchedhis own catering and events company, Earlsfield Kitchen and his first book will be released in May. He will share his experiences of how his career in cuisine has taken off in the days since the show and how his background has influenced his particular cooking style.

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