News from 2016

Fife College Students Taste Hospitality Careers

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On Wednesday 30th November 2016, 180 pupils from six Fife schools were given the opportunity to experience careers in hospitality and tourism, one of the UK’s fastest growing industries.


The DYW Hospitality and Tourism Takeover Day was opened by Jim Leishman, Fife’s Provost, and run by The Springboard Charity, who help young people and unemployed adults improve their prospects in life through careers in hospitality, leisure and tourism, 180 pupils were shown the range of exciting opportunities the industry has to offer. Springboard encourages people to consider and pursue careers in this industry, which offers diverse opportunities and great routes of progression.

Councillor Lesley Laird, Fife Council’s Deputy Leader and Spokesperson for Economy and Planning, 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."

Vicki Sutherland, Operations Manager at Springboard, said: “Pupils took part in a series of skills challenges, including practical cookery, leisure services, customer service, ‘mocktail’ making and nutrition to name a few.”

She added: “The event showcased the industry at its very best, and also linked directly to Curriculum for Excellence, in particular the Developing the Young Workforce agenda, which exists to bring together education and the industry. It’s a fantastic chance for us to demonstrate the breadth of opportunities the hospitality industry has to offer in Scotland.”

Many organisations provided interactive workshops and support on the day, including Sodexo, Baxter Storey, Fife College, St Andrews University, Wayahead People, Espresso Training, Grill 48, Holiday Inn, People First and Fife Council.

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary Scottish Government, said: “The future of hospitality starts at grassroots level and it is essential that young people have a chance to appreciate that the tourism and hospitality industry offers a career of choice with a huge potential for training and development.” 

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, while bringing together future potential recruits with employers.”

Ray Fernie, Employability Coordinator at Education and Children's Services, said: “This was an excellent opportunity for our young people to experience different areas of the hospitality industry."

“The future of Hospitality starts at grassroots level & It is essential that young people have a chance to appreciate that the Tourism & Hospitality Industry offers a Career of Choice with a huge potential for training and development”

FIONA HYSLOP MSP– Cabinet Secretary Scottish Government

“What a fantastic day, great input from external providers”

Teacher Woodmill High School

“Age and stage appropriate offering with a wide range of tasks that included all learners”

Teacher Dunfermline High School