Birth of TalentoXHoreca, a pioneering platform to support employment in the catering industry
In one of the most difficult times for restaurants and hotels in Spain due to restrictions and the Covid-19 health crisis, Nestl and Randstad have launched the TalentoXHoreca initiative, a free online platform that aims to promote employability and talents in catering in Spain. and Portugal. Thus, www.talentoXhoreca.es is a tool designed to support the recovery of the Horeca sector (hotels, restaurants and cafes) by connecting professionals looking for work (chefs, baristas and waiters, among others) with companies that select qualified candidates for your vacation.
“We want to help the bars, restaurants and cafes we work with to achieve a recovery as quickly as possible by improving employability and promoting access to employment opportunities in a key sector for our country. We want to be a force that has a positive impact on people’s lives and this initiative shows, once again, that we take this ambition very seriously ”, underlines Jacques Reber, CEO of Nestl Spain.
“TalentoXHoreca is the type of project that transforms people and society. We are always looking to create value for candidates and take real relationships to the next level. This initiative is a very good example. It is the right objective at the right time to help candidates and to help companies in this difficult situation ”, comments Jesus Echevarria, CEO of Randstad Iberia.
More than a year with the sector
Since the start of the pandemic, Nestl Professional – the company’s division dedicated to marketing outside of the home foods and beverages – has turned to help with catering. Without going any further, a year ago, the Always open for you solidarity campaign was launched. “Thanks to this initiative, we have been in constant contact with our customers and professionals in the sector to increase the resilience of thousands of small and medium-sized businesses by offering them solutions tailored to their needs or product donations to encourage consumption. Now, with TalentoXHoreca, we wanted to go further, ”explains Victor Martins, director of Nestl Professional in Spain and Portugal.
To join this platform, the candidate must register on the website www.talentoXhoreca.es, complete his profile and integrate his professional experience, professional preferences and pass a technical skills test. From there, TalentoXHoreca will show you the training courses best suited to your profile and a selection of job offers. During the application and in the event of selection, the interview with the company or the employer will be organized via this platform in person or by videoconference.
In the case of companies, they will also need to register on the platform with company data, and when they apply for a candidate, they will receive a shortlist within 24 hours. In this way, they will be able to access, with a single click, a bank of professionals with the right talents for the vacant positions they have.
Talent XHoreca also includes a training area. Nestl and Randstad, with the support of digital content development start-up Bugle, have developed a multidisciplinary training program with the aim of enhancing the talent of candidates, improving their skills and expanding their knowledge. In total, the virtual school offers nearly 400 courses directly related to the profession, such as training for baristas or language courses for the hotel industry, but also other courses to learn how to manage a business or face challenges. a selection process.
Employment in figures
Randstad reveals that around 63% of hospitality entrepreneurs do not expect a full recovery until the second quarter of 2022. A figure much more pessimistic than that of all companies in the country, of which 81% expect to have already reached at that date levels prior to the outbreak of the crisis.
The pessimism of hoteliers is understandable from the figures shown by employment in the sector. Randstad points out that since July, the number of contracts signed in the hotel industry has fallen by 75.4%. Thus, since this month, the ceiling for hiring in the sector after the outbreak of the pandemic, 176,182 contracts have ceased to be signed, going from 233,752 to 57,570 today.