Sign to save ski season work

12th July 2021, by Abi Butcher

Working a ski season is a rite of passage for many youngers

Working a ski season is a rite of passage for many youngers

A petition calling for Boris Johnson to secure seasonal work for young Brits across Europe needs more signatures. The organisation Seasonal Businesses in Travel (SBIT) is petitioning the government to help thousands of 18-34-year-olds who aspire to work in ski resorts — a rite of passage for generations of ski-mad youngsters.

SBIT is a group of more than 200 British travel and service companies that operate during the summer and winter holiday seasons including Inghams, Mark Warner and Stanford Skiing. It was set up in 2017 to help foster the post-Brexit EU-UK and to lobby to protect the temporary employment of British seasonal travel workers across EU nations.

SBIT estimates that in a normal year, some 25,000 young people aged 25,000 work in seasonal jobs throughout the EU — as reps, chalet hosts, nannies, drivers, chefs, bar staff and far more. The organisation has been aiming to gather 25,000 signatures on its petition to call on Boris Johnson to extend the existing Tier 5 visa regime (Youth Mobility Scheme) to EU countries — effectively young people to work for short periods across Europe without the need for visas or work permits.

The petition, Save Our Travel Jobs, still needs nearly 9000 more signatures to reach its goal of 25,000 voices — and the group is urging people to sign saying young people have been the hardest hit by COVID job losses.

If you’d like to add your name to the petition click here.

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