Students get a ‘taste’ of working in the Hospitality and Tourism sectors

Thu 14 Sep 17

On both Thursday 21st and Monday 25th of September, a total of 240 pupils from 4 schools across North Fife , are being given the rare opportunity to experience, first hand, what it is to work in the world of Scottish hospitality and tourism. Thanks to funding from Tourism St Andrews and Fife Council, Economic Development, this initiative has been scheduled to coincide with the arrival of the Kelpie Maquettes to the town.

Springboard, the charity dedicated to helping young, unemployed and disadvantaged people improve their prospects in life through a career in hospitality, leisure and tourism will coordinate 240 pupils at S3 grade sampling this exciting industry whilst encouraging the pupils to think about Hospitality as a career of choice.

This event will be supported by an exciting line-up of organisations each committed to providing interactive workshops and support on the day, these include; G1 group, Historic Environment Scotland, Old Course Hotel, St Andrews Links Trust, The Adamson Restaurant, Hotel Du Vin and the University of St Andrews.

Over the course of the day pupils will be able to experience how it feels to be both a guest and a hospitality professional.

Congratulating Tourism St Andrews and Fife Council on the initiative and the Springboard charity for its involvement, North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins said the St Andrews Schools Tourism Trail is a great example of the community working together to benefit young people and the local economy.

Stephen Gethins MP said: “St Andrews Schools Tourism Trail will open up the opportunities that exist in St Andrews for young people interested in a career in the tourism industry and hospitality. By joining forces with local businesses, organisations like the Links Trust and the University of St Andrews the pupils taking part will have unrivalled access to opportunities for their future they may not have otherwise known existed. The Trail is a great idea and recognises the need for this area to build a workforce for the future and to reach out and provide opportunities for our young people.”

Commenting on the event further, Vicki Sutherland, Regional Manager at Springboard, said: “Pupils will be very hands-on during the event taking part in a series of skills-challenges including: practical cookery, leisure services, customer service, mocktail making,and housekeeping to name but a few.” Vicki added: “The event will not only showcase the industry at its very best but also link directly to Curriculum for Excellence and in particular the Developing the Young Workforce agenda which exists to bring together education and industry. It’s a fantastic chance for us to demonstrate the breadth of opportunities the hospitality industry has to offer in Scotland.”

Councillor Altany Craik, Convener of Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: "This Springboard initiative is a fantastic example of linking industry to education. This experience gives pupils a real taste of the hospitality industry, which is thriving in Fife. This is one of the innovative ways that we are supporting the Developing the Young Workforce agenda, by working with businesses to develop our local talent pool, provide relevant work experience and, ultimately, provide young people with career relevant skills and employment opportunities. We’re encouraging all businesses in Fife to get involved in getting our young people to develop entrepreneurial skills and preparing pupils for future careers. Find out more by visiting www.fifedirect.org.uk/DYW".

Amanda McDade, Careers & Education Manager at Springboard went on to add: “Events like this are a fantastic way to raise the profile of an exciting and varied industry with real job prospects, bringing together future potential recruits with Industry employers. It will also draw pupils attention to the many local opportunities that exist in the sector.”

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