Chris Moore has joined Compass Group to lead a flagship UK training and development academy that will open in 2023.
The former chief executive of The Clink Charity will oversee the multimillion pound initiative, which is focused on supporting young people from disadvantaged areas to build careers in the sector.
The state-of-the-art physical and online hub will be based in the West Midlands and train more than 12,000 people a year in a range of disciplines, including hospitality, culinary and services.
Being right at the centre of the UK, the Academy will target people in what Compass calls the UK’s ‘cold spots’ – parts of the country with the lowest prospects in education and employment, to provide an opportunity to enter the world of work and develop a fulfilling career.
Compass said it has always prided itself on being an “engine of social mobility”, with some of its most senior managers having started their careers on the front line.
From early next year, Compass will begin measuring the social-economic background of its 40,000 employees, with the view to provide the support to help colleagues from all backgrounds progress and grow careers in the business.
As well as training its own employees, a fifth of the academy will be dedicated to outreach. This will include engaging with schools, working with disadvantaged groups and driving traineeships and kickstart programmes.
Mr Moore, whose new title will be managing director of the Compass Group Academy, said: “I have seen first-hand the power that training and upskilling brings to people – it has the ability to change people’s lives. Overseeing the creation, development and operation of this centre for excellence is really exciting.
“This is a hugely ambitious project that will really drive social mobility as well as bring great benefits to the hospitality sector. The social outreach ambitions coupled with learning excellence are what will make the Compass academy unique.”
Mr Moore previously headed up The Clink Charity for more than a decade and was hugely influential in increasing employment opportunities for offenders upon their release.
Prior to that, he spent the entirety of his career working within the hospitality sector, having started out as a chef.
Robin Mills, managing director for Compass Group UK and Ireland, said: “I am delighted to have launched our Compass Group Academy, it is a really important step in our commitment to create opportunity for all, whatever someone’s background.
“Compass is uniquely placed as a business to do this; our reach extends across the country and we have a genuine ability to create opportunities in the places that need them most. Our Academy will help address the skills crisis the industry faces but will also help people in the most disadvantaged areas get on that crucial first rung on the ladder.”