Youth Travel and Tourism Event05/09/16
Nearly 100 Dundee secondary school pupils planned for their futures in the city’s growing travel and tourism sector at a special conference on Monday (September 5).
Minister for employability and training Jamie Hepburn MSP opened the event, and talked to the young people about their hopes and ambitions for the opportunities they can take locally in the years ahead.
The Youth Travel and Tourism Conference has been arranged by Dundee City Council especially for pupils studying the Travel and Tourism Skills for Work course at National 4 and 5 level.
This qualification requires pupils to carry out research into the industry and a work-related practical activity in order to demonstrate employability skills.
With the £1 billion Dundee Waterfront project progressing, and the V&A Museum of Design Dundee rising by the banks of the Tay, organisers hope to highlight the abilities that will be needed in the city to meet growing visitor demand.
Leading professional from the local sector helped to guide the young people through an informative series of workshops and seminars during the day.
Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to address this conference which will help improve young people’s awareness and opinion of a career in a key industry like tourism and hospitality.
“We have been working with schools, colleges and employers to develop our young workforce with more students staying on at school until 6th year.
“Developing the Young Workforce - Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy is a seven year national plan that aims to enable young people of all backgrounds to succeed in a stronger, fairer and more equitable labour market by ensuring education is preparing them for the world of work in key sectors like tourism.”
Dundee City Council depute children and families service convener Councillor Gregor Murray explained: “As a council, Dundee is committed to ensuring that our young people will be equipped with the relevant skills to enable them to make the most of their futures when they leave school.
“This conference highlights the efforts we are making in partnership with local businesses to help pupils gain and understanding of the sector, and the role it is to play in the exciting future of Dundee.
“The young people will gain confidence from their involvement in this event and I am sure it will inspire them onto great achievements.”
The city of Dundee is aiming to become a WorldHost Destination, and all of the principal teachers of Home Economics and Geography at the city schools are undertaking the qualification have been through this training. Meanwhile, a pilot of 20 places per school for WorldHost is currently ongoing to allow young people to benefit from the programme.
Pupils from Braeview Academy, Craigie High School, Grove Academy, Harris Academy and St John’s RC High School took part in the conference.
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