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50+ guests from the business world enjoyed an evening of devilish delight at the Holiday Inn, Hull Marina.

16 Young people on the Springboard programme, a programme linked to the Humber LEP went head to head in a true Hull versus East Riding battle. All in the name of the Smile Foundation local charity whose aim is to see other charities and projects in Hull and East Yorkshire become more successful.

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Mike Parker, Chair of the Humber LEP Employment and Skills Board said;

“The Springboard programme is a great way to engage the business community though the Skills Pledge campaign. This event showcased the skills of these young people with an innovative, well planned approach”.

The Blue team (Hull) and the red team (East Riding) produced a fabulous three-course meal, gained hands-on work experience and delivered outstanding customer service. The young people on the Springboard Programme are not currently in employment, education or training but they want to be, and are working towards it, which showed in abundance in the unique opportunity for our young people to put their employability skills to the test in a real working environment, and putting themselves in the ‘shop window’ for potential jobs, apprenticeships, and placements.

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Shiv Nand, Pepperells Solicitors said;

“I had a wonderful time, with great company, and see a  promising future for this Hull and East Riding Generation”.

Holiday Inn, Hull Marina, laid open their doors to put on this  impressive event. The chef and Holiday Inn team instructed  the young people on how to cater for the guests, cook, create  table displays, serve, and all they would need to put on a fine  evening.


Guests were able to give to the charity, instead of paying for their dining experience, with the event achieving over £1200 in donations for the Smile Foundation charity.

Daniel Roach, MB Roach and Sons Civil Engineering said;

“”A fantastic evening! The team have been a credit to themselves, and hopefully a few will end up with a job or placement by the end of the night””

Katie Oxtoby, Hull Pie, said;

“”It has been brilliant. At moments I felt emotional as really heart-warming and such a great thing that Springboard are doing. The guys are doing exactly the right thing to make themselves employable. Employers want to see CV’s from people who have demonstrated commitment to improving their skills.””

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The long term results for the young people are to be seen, but early feedback is very encouraging, with employers contacting for more information and requesting interviews for the 16 stars of the night.