The festival launched today with the ‘Big Conversation’* event at Prestonfield, Edinburgh, just ahead of the start of Scottish Tourism Week, 4 March, when the industry annually comes together to showcase its successes and unveil its future plans. Springboard’s festival programme provides an essential link between the industry, key influencers and potential recruits, as well as the wider community.
The careers festival continues to go from strength to strength in helping attract fresh, young talent into a business that is now Scotland’s second largest employer. According to recent figures from the Scottish Tourism Alliance, the hospitality and tourism industry contributes £11 billion to the Scottish economy, employing over 220,000 people in some 20,000 businesses.
The festival offers a unique platform, whereby individual employers and experts play their part in mentoring and advising young people over the course of the events, each engineered to give a valuable and practical insight into the tourism and hospitality sector.
The wealth of activities include the ‘Big Conversation’ event and also a number of skills challenges at various schools across Scotland; several ‘Buddy Days have also been arranged, giving people the chance to shadow an industry expert for a day.
Elise MacDonald, Operations Manager with Springboard Scotland, said: “The Scottish Tourism Careers Festival creates an excellent opportunity for the industry to share its knowledge with the young professionals of tomorrow.
“Our diverse events programme provides a collaborative and engaging experience, by allowing people to understand the range of job skills and potential opportunities offered within this one sector. It is an exciting industry to be a part of and that’s the atmosphere we are seeking to generate throughout the festival.”