An innovative “Hotel Day” saw more than 300 students taking part in a range of hospitality challenges at a Scottish high school.
The event at Larbert High School in Stenhousemuir was aimed at giving the S3 pupils a taste of careers within the industry.
It was organised by charity Springboard, which helps young, unemployed and disadvantaged people to improve their employment prospects, alongside Gleneagles and Apex hotels.
The entire S3 year group experienced life as both a hotel guest and hospitality professional within a luxury resort.
This included hands-on workshops involving hotel staff focused on hospitality skills including table-setting, table service, spa services, IT and marketing. There was also a 90-minute cooking session with professional chefs from Gleneagles Hotel, Apex Hotels and Glasgow City College.
Catherine Kay, principal teacher of technologies senior phase at Larbert High, said: “The aim of the day was to provide our S3 pupils with a unique insight into the vast array of job opportunities available within the hospitality industry.
“The pupils were able to hear first-hand why many of the professionals had started out in the industry and how they have reached where they are today.”
Willie Jones, food and beverage services manager at the Gleneagles Hotel, said: “Being involved in events like this allows us to showcase the wide range of careers and opportunities available to young people thinking of starting a career in the hospitality industry, an industry that has no boundaries to what you can achieve.”
Student Morgan Mackae said: “I liked the different activities that we did and I liked how we got to cook foods from the hotel. I learned a lot of things on the day.”
Fellow S3 pupil Chloe Stewart added: “The activities were amazing within the different sections and I had fun with the cooking and I would love to do it again.”
Vicki Sutherland, operations manager with Springboard Scotland, said: “By showcasing the industry in this way, we are sending out a positive message to pupils about the diverse range of jobs available and underlining that with the right training and support, then can potentially have a career for life.”
For details on the work of Springboard or information on similar events in the future, contact Ms Sutherland on 07530 241 249. Visit www.springboard.uk.net CAPTION: Here to serve: (from left) Richard Patten from the Gleneagles Hotel, Robert Allen from Apex Hotels, Willie Jones also from Gleneagles, with S3 students Rachel Henderson (holding silver cloche) and Heather Watkins