News from 2017

Falkirk Council Schools Experience Interactive Hospitality and Tourism Takeover Day

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On Wednesday 15th February over 170 S3 year group pupils from across the Falkirk area had the chance to experience the skills required to begin a career in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Organised by The Springboard Charity, they attended an interactive skills challenge Takeover Day held at Forth Valley College in Stirling, as part of the Scottish government’s Developing the Young Workforce initiative. The event also linked directly to the Curriculum for Excellence and Skills for Learning, Life and Work.
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The hands-on Takeover Day experience provided pupils with a series of hospitality and tourism skills challenges. A wide range of workshops were provided throughout the day, including practical cookery, housekeeping, barista skills, mocktail making, product production and event management. As part of these inspirational hospitality workshops, pupils learned directly from a spectrum of major employers who attended the event, including Gleneagles, BaxterStorey, Sodexo, QHotels, Caledonian Produce and DF Events. Their staff provided insight into their careers.

The event was opened by Dr Ken Thomson, Principal OF Forth Valley College, and Marc Crothall, Chief Executive of the Scottish Tourism Alliance. Marc commented: ”I was delighted to be part of the Hospitality and Tourism Takeover day. The tourism and hospitality industry is one of Scotland’s most important industries, and one that has huge potential to grow but needs more people to join and make it their career of choice, so events like this are hugely important!”

He added: “There are so many different jobs in the industry which are often not made aware to young people. Also, too often the industry is positioned as the one you can default to if you fail in your exams at school. It is also perceived by many that it’s poorly paid and offers little career progression. It is at events like the Hospitality Tourism Takeover Day and through the work of Springboard and colleges like Forth Valley coming together that we are able to distil this myth and open young people's eyes to what a fantastic industry this is to work in. As those students who took part now realise, there are many different jobs you can do aside from working in a restaurant or hotel. It was great to see the students having such fun too, whilst learning new skills - here's to the next one and enticing more future stars into our industry!”

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Vicki Sutherland, Regional Manager for Springboard Scotland, said: “We were delighted to be involved with the Hospitality and Tourism Takeover. The day really showcased the industry and got pupils to consider a career in the sector. Many pupils who hadn’t thought about a career in hospitality and tourism previously are now considering working in the sector. We were thrilled at the enthusiasm shown by so many pupils!”

What are the students are saying?

Feedback from students who participated in the activity has been extremely positive, with 88% of those surveyed considering the session worth attending and 95% rating interactive workshops good or excellent. 75% of students also felt that they now have a better understanding of the career options available in the hospitality and tourism sectors, and 65% now more interested in considering a career in the industry.

Comments from students described the event as "very good and worthwhile" and "very well organised", with some hoping for another similar event in the future.

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For further information contact: 

Vicki Sutherland, Regional Manager for Springboard Scotland: 07530 241 249