STUDENTS DISCOVER HOW LANGUAGE SKILLS TRANSLATE INTO JOBS IN WORLD OF TOURISM
- 80 pupils take part in interactive workshops highlighting career opportunities
- 57% of students said event had made them likely to consider the sector
Students studying languages at four schools across Perth have been given a first-hand insight into job opportunities in the Scottish hospitality and tourism sector as part of the region’s £500,000 young workforce strategy.
Around 80 pupils took part in the event organised by Developing the Young Workforce Perth and Kinross (DYW P&K) in partnership with Springboard UK, which support people into careers in hospitality, leisure and tourism.
The event was supported by nine organisations representing the sector – including VisitScotland, Willowgate Activity Centre, Historic Environment Scotland, Costa, Salutation Hotel, The Blackwatch Museum, Crieff Hydro, Perth College UHI – as well as Scotland’s National Centre for Languages.
Each organisation hosted interactive workshops which highlighted real career opportunities available for young people when they leave school.
Following the event , 57% of pupils said they had changed their opinion and would now be likely to consider a career in the tourism and hospitality sector.
Stephen Leckie, CEO of Crieff Hydro Hotel and Chair of the Scottish Tourism Alliance opened the event at the Salutation Hotel in Perth this week.
He said: “Tourism employs over 200,000 in Scotland and is one of our fastest growing industries. This in itself presents a recruitment challenge for the sector. We all need to play our part in encouraging our young people to see tourism as the exciting and diverse sector that it is.”
“Events like this are critical if we are serious about addressing these issues and attracting more young people into the sector. I am delighted to have been able to support the event and to see so many of the pupils excited by the opportunities.”
Vicki Sutherland, Regional Manager at Springboard, said: “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 has also highlighted the many local opportunities that exist in the sector.”
In Perth and Kinross, the DYW programme is focusing on encouraging more of the region’s 6,000 employers to offer work experience opportunities, promoting apprenticeships and helping ensure young people from all backgrounds can build the right skills to enter the workplace.
Steven Stewart, Chair of DYW PK, said: “We know Scotland’s tourism and hospitality sector is facing recruitment challenges and it’s our job to encourage industry and education to work together to help build a more skilled workforce for the future through our young people. This event is a fantastic example of the kind of partnership working that can make a real difference for our young people and our region.”