News from 2017

Interactive Takeover Day for Renfrewshire Council Schools

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On Thursday 9th March, 180 S2 year group pupils from Renfrewshire attended an interactive skills challenge Takeover Day held at West College Scotland Paisley, as part of the Scottish government’s Developing the Young Workforce initiative.

Pupils had the chance to experience the skills required to begin a career in the hospitality and tourism industry. 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, marketing, customer care, mocktail preparation and event management. As part of these inspirational hospitality workshops, pupils learned directly from a spectrum of major employers who attended the event, including Martin Wisharts Restaurant at Cameron House, Gather & Gather, Mark Heirs – Private Chef, Visit Scotland, People First, Google, Liquid academy, The Experience and Swissport.

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The event, organised by Springboard, also marked the launch of Scottish Tourism Careers Festival, a month long series of activities designed to promote careers in hospitality and tourism in Scotland.

Craig Martin, Head of HR at Glasgow Airport and Chair of Glasgow Welcomes, opened the event. He 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!”

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Amanda McDade Springboard added: “There are a breadth of jobs in the industry which are often not made aware to young people. I am delighted that Renfrewshire Council, DYW West and West College Scotland have partnered with Springboard to showcase the industry as an exciting and dynamic place to work, and to open young people's eyes to what a fantastic industry this is to work in. 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 how engaged and enthusiastic the pupils were.”

For further information contact:
Amanda McDade, Careers & Education Manager for Springboard Scotland: 07530 909394