Thirteen students have completed a vocational training course at New College Lanarkshire as the first step to a career in hospitality.
The five-week “Get into Hospitality” programme was part of an initiative with the Prince’s Trust Scotland.
The initiative aims to recruit young people between 16 and 25 to give them a taste of working in the hospitality sector while improving their skills, qualifications and future prospects.
The 13 candidates completed SQA units in Cookery and Service skills, and took part in a five-day work placement with local employers including October Café, Crutherland House, Premier Inn, Aramark and Peter’s Seafood Restaurant.
Stuart Matson, community programmes manager at New College Lanarkshire, said: “This is the fifth time we have partnered with Prince’s Trust Scotland to host a ‘Get into’ programme, and we are delighted that once again it has been successful.
“The ‘Get into’ programmes have an excellent track record of assisting young people into employment and further training, and the programme was an excellent example of the partnership working. Some of the students have secured employment as a result of their placements and the remainder are progressing to higher level programmes in the new academic term.”
Get into Hospitality programme graduate Lauren McCrory (19) from Motherwell added: “Until recently I was lacking confidence, having been unemployed for a long period of time, but the programme has made a massive difference to my confidence. I am now looking forward to starting college and hopefully getting a job in the hospitality industry.”
Susan Martin who is a manager with Prince’s Trust Scotland, said: “Congratulations to all the young people for successfully completing the course. This has been a great opportunity for young people to gain the vital skills and experience they need for a fantastic career in the industry.”
To celebrate the candidates’ achievements, a lunch was hosted by New College Lanarkshire in the Motherwell Campus training restaurant MLOne.
The students prepared and served lunch to 35 invited guests under the expert supervision of industry renowned chefs Malcolm Warham, John Hughes and Colin Wilson.
MLOne provides a realistic working environment for hospitality students who value the experience of preparing and serving food.
The public are welcome to eat in the MLOne restaurant which is open Monday-Friday during term time from noon and can choose dishes from an innovative and regularly changed menu.
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