Young employment policy hailed by Shropshire restaurant

The manager of a Shropshire restaurant has hailed the success of a policy to give employment opportunities to young people - and has urged more businesses to do the same.

Mimosa, in Telford’s new Southwater development, has created 12 jobs since it opened shortly before Christmas, and as many as possible have been given to young people.

Bal Gill, head of kitchen operations, said there was a real emphasis at the restaurant on giving young people the opportunity to get into work.

He said: “We are a family-run business and understand how difficult it can be for teenagers to find work once they leave school, so we have made an effort to do what we can to help.

“Clearly some job roles need more experience than others, but we are keen to give young people a chance wherever we can.”

One example of this policy is 17-year-old Edward Williams of Dawley, whose first job has been at Mimosa.

He said: “I left Ercall Wood Technology College after my GCSEs and there wasn’t really anything out there that I could do until I was 18.

“Mimosa were the only place who were willing to give me a chance and it has been great.

“I am a waiter, so I take customers’ orders, make sure everything is clean and just generally attend to their needs.

“I really enjoy meeting customers and would like to maybe run my own restaurant one day, so it’s great experience.”

Mr Gill added: “Edward was quite nervous when he first started, but his confidence has grown and he is a valuable and popular member of the team now.

“It can be difficult for people under the age of 18 to get their first step on the career ladder, but as long as they don’t serve alcohol there’s no reason why they can’t work in a restaurant.

“We take staff development very seriously and would love to see people like Edward use the experience gained here to have a successful career in the hospitality trade.

“I think as employers we have a responsibility to give young people opportunities and I would urge others to do the same.

“Employing a young person may seem a bit more difficult, but the long-term benefits for the employee and employer are definitely worth it.”