Supporting students into the hospitality industry since 2009
The GEMS programme is working together with 26 universities across the country either through mentoring undergraduate students, speaking at universities to promote working in the sector or showcasing industry placement years.
It was set up after research by the Savoy Society showed that 40% of students studying hospitality left the industry after graduating. Through our work, we find that students are predominantly unaware of the scope of the industry and that Universities are often ill-equipped to provide robust careers advice.
Could you make the difference to a student's perceptions and career prospects?
Become a mentor of an undergraduate student
Share your expertise by speaking in Universities
Inspire students with placements at your organisation
What do our Mentors say?
“Mentoring with the Springboard GEMS programme has been an extremely rewarding experience on both a personal and professional level. Over the past two years, I’ve seen my mentee grow and develop their skills, knowledge and confidence helping them to transition from University into the workplace.”
Alex Taylor, Learning and Development Manager, Harrison Catering Services Ltd
“I find it extremely rewarding to help them and it is even better to feel that I am challenged in my ways and thought process. It is a very enriching experience.”
Stephanie Timsit, Director of Finance, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
What is Expected of Mentors?
Mentors must have 5+ years of industry management experience
A commitment to meet with mentees every quarter, plus regular contact in between
Mentors must have the passion and desire to become a key influencer for the next generation
How Does it Work for Mentors?
Register your interest by filling in the short form
A member of staff from Springboard will call you to find out more about your personality and experiences in the hospitality industry- no longer than a ten-minute call
Receive mentor training from Springboard
Attend a matching day where you will meet prospective mentees and pick your favourites
Springboard match you with a mentee.
Meet your mentee once a quarter, maintaining regular contact in between.
Should you require any help throughout the mentoring process, springboard are always happy to help