New Ayrshire Hospitality Training Academy to be led by Kevin MacGillivray 

Kevin MacGillivray

Hospitality training organisation Hub International has launched a new Training Academy to support the industry across Ayrshire.

The project will be led by chef Kevin MacGillivray, who will deliver a series of programs across South and East Ayrshire.

“I’m delighted to be working with Hub International,” said MacGillivray. “I was aware of the success of the programs they have been running in and around Glasgow and decided it was time for me to offer my support to the industry in a different way. Encouraging young people into the industry is vital for its growth and these academies will help give them the passion, ambition and confidence to pursue a career in hospitality.

“Apart from coordinating the hospitality training academies, I will also be heading up a culinary team of Scottish chefs for some major sporting events next year. We are looking forward to an exciting and busy 2024!”

CEO of Hub International, Stephanie Wade, said: “We originally piloted a Training Academy in 2018 with the generous support of partners like SimpsInns, The Scottish Maritime Museum and Seamill Hydro.

“It was very successful and we are delighted to be back in Ayrshire. The Ayrshire Training Academy will play a crucial role in attracting new talent to the industry, offering comprehensive training programmes covering practical cookery, barista skills, customer service and more.”

Despite the region having one of the highest unemployment rates in Scotland, particularly among young individuals, businesses in Ayrshire have still struggled to meet the demand for trained hospitality staff.

The Training Academy hopes to address that employment and skills challenge through industry-specific training programs and hopes to collaborate with industry partners to bring these programs to life, and foster community engagement.

Hub International is now inviting businesses to provide support by offering work experience placements, on-site visits, paid entry-level positions, and mentorship programmes.