Industry experience key for next generation, writes Springboard’s Elise MacDonald

Elise MacDonald of Springboard Scotland.

FOR many young people, choosing a profession can be daunting.

The pressures of school and college can push them into making that ultimate decision, but it’s important they gain valuable experience and exposure to the sector they’re going to be entering.
For those who think a career in hospitality or the licensed trade might be worth exploring but don’t know where to start, Springboard can provide advice, guidance and opportunities for a vibrant career in the industry.
We work closely with a large number of businesses and companies that play a vital role by providing their time and experience to engage directly with youngsters through a number of initiatives and skills days that we run.
Experiencing what the job entails and understanding the required skill-set for a role is one of the most important things a young person can do to get the ball rolling in terms of a possible career. Whether it’s taking on the long hours of a trainee chef, or managing the admin that goes with being a receptionist, or learning how the operations side of the business works, these are just some of the opportunities that Springboard can arrange for young people, providing them with an invaluable insight that isn’t always readily available.
The benefits are immeasurable – meeting a wide range of people from a diverse range of backgrounds, the skills obtained and feeling a sense of achievement and pride in the work that is done, is the reason why we think the hospitality industry is one the
very best careers to get into, and there are real prospects for progression.
Springboard’s Scottish Tourism Careers Festival, which is on now, is the perfect time to find out more about the variety of careers available in the hospitality sector.
• Elise MacDonald is operations manager at Springboard Scotland.

Image – Elise MacDonald of Springboard Scotland.