Pro­gramme is launched

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

An in­no­va­tive pro­gramme aimed at giv­ing Ruther­glen’s most dis­ad­van­taged adults hos­pi­tal­ity skills and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties was launched last week.

The adult hos­pi­tal­ity pro­gramme is a part­ner­ship be­tween Clyde Gate­way and Mar­riott Ho­tels.

The event will see 20 peo­ple from the Clyde Gate­way area, which in­cludes Ruther­glen, be­ing in­vited to the Glas­gow Mar­riott Ho­tel for an in­for­ma­tion day, be­fore 10 lucky par­tic­i­pants are cho­sen for an in­ten­sive two-week course which is fully cer­ti­fied.

Fol­low­ing the course, Clyde Gate­way wi l l fund five of those tak­ing part to re­ceive full time em­ploy­ment at the Glas­gow Mar­riott for a pe­riod of six months.

The ini­tia­tive will run in con­junc­tion with a sim­i­lar hos­pi­tal­ity pro­gramme aimed at school pupils: ‘The Ho­tel and Hos­pi­tal­ity Academy’.

Now en­ter­ing its sec­ond year, last year’s pro­gramme saw the ho­tel chain em­ploy 18 school leavers at its Glas­gow city cen­tre site, with the latest raft of new re­cruits hop­ing to make a sim­i­lar pos­i­tive im­pact.

Twelve pupils from four high schools - in­clud­ing Stonelaw and Trin­ity - will each be given 190 hours of work ex­pe­ri­ence across all el­e­ments of a busy ho­tel en­vi­ron­ment, with each in­di­vid­ual learn­ing life skills and in­creas­ing their chances of em­ploy­a­bil­ity once they grad­u­ate.

Natalie Phillips, Pro­ject Man­ager, Ed­u­ca­tion, Busi­ness & Com­mu­nity Growth, Clyde Gate­way, said: “Work­ing to­gether with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and em­ploy­ers to pro­vide new skills and cre­ate fu­ture em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties sits at the very heart of the work we de­liver at Clyde Gate­way.

“These ini­tiat i v e s are some of the many pro­grammes we carry out with lo­cal high schools and adults within the Clyde Gate­way catch­ment area. The hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor is con­tin­u­ing to grow and pro­vides a wide range of job op­por­tu­ni­ties so we are de­lighted to work along­side the Glas­gow Mar­riott Ho­tel to sup­port the next gen­er­a­tion of in­dus­try work­ers.”

Claire Fisher, Hu­man Re­sources Man­ager, Glas­gow Mar­riott Ho­tel, said:

“The Glas­gow Mar­riott Ho­tel HR team have formed an ef­fec­tive busi­ness re­la­tion­ship with Clyde Gate­way. They are ex­tremely com­mu­nity fo­cused and we were con­tin­u­ally im­pressed by the level of sup­port they pro­vided dur­ing last year’s scheme. Their ef­fi­ciency and pro­fes­sional ap­proach inspired con­fi­dence dur­ing our work to­gether on the Ho­tel and Hos­pi­tal­ity Academy and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing the next batch of re­cruits through our doors dur­ing the com­ing weeks.”

A sim­i­lar pro­ject aimed at pri­mary school pupils is also set to launch later this year. The scheme is de­signed to give 24 pri­mary schools in the Clyde Gate­way area the op­por­tu­nity to gain an in­sight into what it’s like work­ing in the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor.

Dou­ble trou­ble Ni­cola Ta­m­agnini (15) a pupil at Trin­ity High with Me­gan Gour­ley (17) Stonelaw High

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