850 jobs pledged for young people

TV chef Jamie serves some hospitality advice

Jamie Scott Big HospitalityTelevision chef Jamie Scott was on hand to offer some inspiration to young people being offered 850 job opportunities, placements and apprenticeships in the hospitality sector.

Jamie (on right in photo), who is the holder of the MasterChef The Professionals title, was joined at the Big Hospitality Conversation in Dundee by Adam Newth, winner of Scotland’s young chef of the year.

Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment, Annabelle Ewing, addressed more than 100 employers at the event run by the British Hospitality Association in a UK-wide partnership with Springboard and the Department for Work and Pensions.

The aim of the initiative is to generate job opportunities and showcase hospitality and tourism as an exciting career path.

Restaurants, hotels and food service management companies, including Premier Inn and Diageo, attended.

Mrs Ewing said: “In Scotland we are blessed with beautiful locations, incredible produce and a tourism sector that offers excellence from hosteling right up to some of the most prestigious hotels, restaurants and attractions on offer as was demonstrated during our very successful Year of Food and Drink just past in 2015.

“While that presents extraordinary opportunities, it can be daunting for those just starting out in their career and knowing where to start to get the skills necessary.

“British Hospitality Association and Springboard have shown how powerful events like this are in showcasing the huge variety of jobs and opportunities available in Scottish tourism.”

Willie Macleod, executive director BHA Scotland, said: “”We are absolutely delighted with the huge success of today’s event where over 850 jobs opportunities were pledged and also very grateful for the ongoing support from Annabelle Ewing MSP and our two award-winning chefs, Adam and Jamie.

“For so many companies to come together and successfully attract so many young people towards career opportunities in the hospitality industry is a great achievement.”

Kelly Johnstone, Scottish Director of Springboard, said: “What a fantastic day it has been, we’ve managed to succeed all expectations regarding the pledges, which is outstanding.

“The young people hosting and telling their stories were hugely inspirational for everyone who attended.”

The event was sponsored by Apex Hotels, Tayside Audio Visual (TAV) in Forfar, Brakes and Fishers Laundry in Cupar.

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