Glasgow Schools Get a Taste of Hospitality and Tourism

On Tuesday 28 November, 140 pupils from 11 schools across Glasgow were given the unique opportunity to experience, first hand, what it is like to work in Scotland’s Hospitality and Tourism industry, thanks to an exciting day-long initiative by City of Glasgow College, Springboard Charity, Glasgow City Council and Baxter Storey.   

City Campus provided a stunning backdrop for a series of interactive workshops ranging from practical cookery; working in an aircraft cabin, ‘mocktail-making’, the importance of nutrition and even handling historic artefacts.

The event was opened by Gary Maclean, Senior Chef Lecturer and current BBC MasterChef: The Professionals Champion.  He said:

“This is a great opportunity to showcase the many choices available to young people within our industry as well as giving students real hands-on experience through a variety of activities, either as a guest or hospitality expert.

“Ultimately we hope to inspire the next generation of professionals and show that it this is an exciting arena to work in. And, of course, it was fun to see the omelette challenge!” 

Springboard, the charity dedicated to helping young, unemployed and disadvantaged people improve their prospects in life through a career in Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism invited pupils at S2/S3/S4 grade to see for themselves this vibrant sector and to encourage more young people to think about future careers there.  

Kelly Johnstone – Springboard Director Scotland, North England & Midlands said:

“Our hospitality and tourism sector has never been more important to the Scottish economy.  We are committed to ensuring that it is a career of choice for everyone. 2018 has been designated Year of Young People so it is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the talents and achievements of our young people in Scotland.

“This Springboard partnership event provides a platform for them to experience a range of opportunities and to take part in positive activities.”

The Doubletree by Hilton, Liquid Academy, TUI Airlines, Historic Scotland, Brakes and Baxter Storey will also stage workshops with Baxter storey donating packed lunches to all students taking part.

The event aims to not only showcase the industry at its very best but also link directly to Curriculum for Excellence and in particular the Developing the Young Workforce agenda which exists to bring together education and industry.

Glasgow Schools attending the event were - St Mungo’s Academy, St Paul’s High School, EVIP, St Roch’s Secondary School, Glasgow Gaelic School, All Saints Secondary School, Bellahouston Academy, Hillhead High School, Lourdes Secondary School, Drumchapel High School and Rosshall Academy.