BH Live attracts fresh talent in to industry with new graduate scheme

BH Live, a social enterprise and operator of venues across Dorset, Hampshire and London, has launched its first graduate scheme to entice young talent into the industry.

The scheme, which will initially be piloted in Dorset across venues including Bournemouth International Centre, Littledown Centre and Bournemouth Pavilion, will give three university graduates the opportunity to participate in a practical two-year training and development course that focuses on leisure, events and hospitality.

“This is an amazing opportunity for ambitious graduates who want to have a fulfilling career in the social enterprise sector,” said Teresa Beckingham, BH Live’s head of human resources.

“As well as getting lots of hands-on experience, they will also learn how we put our profits to good purpose, getting more people active, experiencing cultural events and supporting our local economy.”

Each of the participants on the scheme will undertake a structured and intensive learning programme beginning at the grassroots level and working towards supervisory responsibilities.

The main areas of focus in the programme include customer service, housekeeping, delivering recreational activities, event management and hospitality services.

The participants will also spend time with BH Live’s corporate and support services such as human resources, sales, marketing and facilities management.

Those who are selected to join the scheme will receive a competitive salary and a combination of vocational and in house training to support their continued professional development.

“In Dorset, our higher education partners, including Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth, are already attracting brilliant talent into the region. We wanted to make sure we were bringing that talent into our organisation and what we think is an incredible industry to be part of,” Beckingham added.

“Following a successful pilot, we would then look to roll the scheme out across our venues in Hampshire and London.”

Find out more about the graduate scheme here.