On Thursday 20th February approximately 160 pupils from schools across Falkirk were given the opportunity to experience, first hand, what it is to work in the world of Scottish hospitality, food and tourism.
Springboard, the charity dedicated to helping young, unemployed and disadvantaged people improve their prospects in life through a career in hospitality, leisure and tourism work in collaboration with their industry partners to enable these S2 pupils to sample the Hospitality, Food and Tourism industry whilst encouraging the pupils to think about these industries as a career of choice.
Funded by Skills Development Scotland, and hosted by Forth Valley College's renowned Hospitality Department; this event is supported by an exciting line-up of organisations each committed to supporting the day by providing interactive workshops, these include; Historic Environment Scotland, Forth Valley College’s cheffing team, Gather & Gather, Rough Castle Experiences, The Golden Lion Hotel, Macdonald Hotels, Caledonian Produce and, of course, Springboard.
"Our pupils have had an absolutely amazing time. It has been a revelation for us to see how confident they are in such a different environment, they are completely out of their comfort zone yet are showing us how adaptable they really are."
"The event, now in its fifth year, showcases the very best local organisations within the Food, Hospitality & Tourism industries. The event will help pupils build skills for work and kick start an interest in a variety of available careers. Pupils will gain a real insight into what it means to work in the industry whilst becoming inspired to pursue a career within one of Scotland’s most important sectors."
"Employers coming together like this to showcase the diversity of opportunities within the sector is such a valuable way for young people to gain insight. Many of the pupils here today haven't yet had any practical experience of working so these taster workshops are great for giving them that first impression of the world of work."
Development of career management skills in young people is crucial and every pupil will, at some point, attempt to enter the workplace. Support and professional expertise from your business can help prepare young people, giving them a taste of what will be expected. This event is only one example of the kind of activity DYW Forth Valley can support to help young people to become more work ready. No matter how small your business is, we can support you to develop partnerships with education.
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