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Hospitality & Tourism Academy students get their first taste of event management

Some of the first pupils to be part of the prestigious East Lothian Hospitality and Tourism Academy got a taste of event management this week when they honed their newly developed skills at the Institute of Hospitality conference.

Launched in August this year, The East Lothian Hospitality and Tourism Academy is a dynamic collaboration between Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh College (formerly Jewel & Esk College) and East Lothian Council. Its aim is to prepare school pupils in s5 and s6 for a range of employment opportunities available within the hospitality and tourism industry. A major part of the initiative is the involvement of business partner organisations which are providing outstanding work experience opportunities for the youngsters.

Fraser Suites, a member of the global luxury serviced apartments chain, Frasers Hospitality and an Academy partner, helped to kick start the pupils’ practical experience by getting them involved in the Institute of Hospitality conference.

At the end of October, five students from Preston Lodge High School in Prestonpans took part in the event which was hosted by Fraser Suites Edinburgh at its premises in St Giles Street. The pupils welcomed the guests and registering them for the conference, served hot drinks and canapés and cleared up after the event.

Ron McGilp, East Lothian Hospitality and Tourism Coordinator, said: “This was an excellent opportunity for the pupils to get first-hand experience of working at a high profile conference involving members of the hospitality and tourism industry’s professional body. It also allowed them to develop the skills they are learning at the Academy and apply them to a live event.”

Ron added: “We were extremely proud of how the students performed. They rose to the challenge and their high standards were noted by the conference delegates who gave them a big round of applause for their contribution.”

Zsolt Jakri, Assistant General Manager at Fraser Suites Edinburgh, is a keen supporter of the Academy and was delighted with the contribution that the students made. He said: “I was surprised, that at such an early stage in their development, the students were able to work to such a high standard. Seeing them in action has reinforced my committed to supporting the Academy and its philosophy of promoting service excellence within Scotland’s hospitality and tourism industry.”


Notes to editor:

The young people involved in the event were Nicollette Bair, Rosie Allan, Anna Cairns, Holly Harrison and Jake Lavery from Preston Lodge High School.

Pupils from three high schools in East Lothian started at the East Lothian Hospitality and Tourism Academy in August 2012. The Academy was formerly launched in August at Musselburgh Grammar and then a formal reception was held in the Scottish Parliament in September.

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