Aberdeenshire school forms partnership with luxury hotel to help pupils consider hospitality careers

From left to right: Amy Ellis,  Libby Gordon,  Jonathan Cook,  Deryn Beattie.

In the background on the left is Kenny McMillan , General Manager of the Pittodrie House Hotel and on the right is Phil Gaiter , Rector, The Gordon Schools ,Huntly.
From left to right: Amy Ellis, Libby Gordon, Jonathan Cook, Deryn Beattie. In the background on the left is Kenny McMillan , General Manager of the Pittodrie House Hotel and on the right is Phil Gaiter , Rector, The Gordon Schools ,Huntly.

An Aberdeenshire school has teamed up with a hotel to help pupils discover new careers they might never have previously considered.

The Gordons Schools in Huntly has launched a new partnership with Macdonald Pittodrie House near Chapel of Garioch, as part of efforts by Developing Young Workforce (DYW) North East.

The initiative allows pupils to find out more about jobs available in the hospitality industry, and help them to see the sector as a “genuine career path”.

Phil Gaiter, rector of the Gordon Schools said: “The relationship will assist our school in improving pupil achievement and help young people prepare for the world of work.

“Together, we will be engaging in work inspiration activities, including practical cooking demonstrations, behind-the-scenes visits and career inputs.

“Giving young people the chance to gain work placements with the potential for apprenticeships, trainee and part-time positions is a great boost to the future prospects of our young people.

The hotel’s general manager, Kenny McMillan, added: “There is a huge gap in the market for people coming into the industry.

“Hospitality is often seen as a way to make some extra money before heading off to university or further education, rather than as a genuine career path.

“Having pupils from the Gordon Schools through the doors gives us the chance to offer them a taster of the different skills required for the day-to-day running of a hotel, from events management and accounts, to working in the kitchen, or even the maintenance and grounds team across our 2,500-acre estate.”

Councillor Gillian Owen, convener of Aberdeenshire Council’s education committee, said: “This partnership is an excellent opportunity for young people to develop their skills and gain the experience needed to succeed in the world of work.

“This news comes just after Aberdeenshire Council has announced an additional 134 foundation apprenticeship opportunities for young people in S5 and S6 within its secondary schools from August, in collaboration with Skills Development Scotland.”

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