QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 75 - Page 17

Through the Academy, we will promote the attitude that service excellence is the only acceptable standard. to raise the profile of the hospitality and tourism industries. The Academy will show young people, aged 14 – 18, the tremendous wealth of opportunities which exist within the industries by providing a range of education and work experience opportunities. Three East Lothian high schools are involved. Pupils from Musselburgh Grammar School, Preston Lodge High School and Ross High School will compete for places in 2012 and teaching will take place at all of the partner institutions during the day, in the evenings and at weekends. Professor Alan Gilloran, Vice Principal (Academic) at QMU, explained: “The Academy will provide young people with a unique opportunity to access academic knowledge and practical skills in ways that will equip them with the best chance of securing the best jobs. However, not only will the Academy help some young people secure a bright future, it will also assist in raising standards across Scotland’s hospitality and tourism industries.” Ray McCowan, Director of Curriculum, Strategy & Academic Planning at Jewel & Esk College, confirmed: “We are delighted that some of Scotland’s most prestigious hotels, as well as high profile international hotel groups, are working with the Academy. Their contribution in offering work placements and industry knowledge will be invaluable.” He continued: “Hospitality and tourism is a vital component of the Scottish economy. Scotland has great food, wonderful buildings, a stunning landscape and a rich cultural history, but often we fall down on our service delivery. If we want to be a world-class tourism destination, then we need to equip a new generation with the right skills and a fresh approach. Through the Academy, we will promote the attitude that service excellence is the only acceptable standard.” Although entry to the Academy is competitive, it’s not just focused on high academic achievers. It also opens up a range of opportunities to a much wider group of talented young people. Pupils will commit to a two-year programme in their senior phase with a Hospitality & Tourism Industry Award or a Hospitality & Tourism Management Award as the certificated outcomes. Following appropriate completion of S6, pupils will then be able to progress to employment or into a programme of further or higher education. Professor Gilloran concluded: “Scotland’s hospitality and tourism industries not only represent areas of economic growth, they are often Scotland’s shop window to the world which help attract other business opportunities. Scotland needs its talented young people to work in these industries and sell their country to our visitors. Our Academy will prepare them for this challenge.” We are delighted that the following hotel organisations will be partners in the Academy: QMYOU / Sustainable Business 17