This is the place where Monica from St Mungo's Academy in Glasgow and Megan from Stonelaw High in Rutherglen are building the legacy.
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This is the place where young people learn and work.
Clyde Gateway’s involvement with schools in the local area is extensive and innovative. Each year we spend more than £100,000 on a range of projects within primary and secondary schools, all of which are designed to promote activities inside and outside the classroom and make valuable contributions to the curriculum.
One such project is the now coveted ‘Hotel & Hospitality Academy’, an innovative programme designed to provide some of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire’s school leavers with hospitality experience and tangible job opportunities. We run this programme with the Glasgow Marriott Hotel, with both organisations looking to support the local community.
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.
2015 will see 12 pupils from four local high schools 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, takes up the story: “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 initiatives 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.”
The local schools too recognise the importance and positive impact the initiative has on pupils as Angela Milton, head teacher at St Mungo’s Academy explains: “By taking part in this innovative programme, pupils who could otherwise leave school at 16 with little to no employment prospects are being offered opportunities within the hospitality sector.”
Mr Gerry Lyons, head teacher at St Andrew’s Academy agrees. “The feedback from pupils taking part in the activity is always great and it’s pleasing for me to see the optimism and confidence which this programme helps to generate within those participating,” he said.
Peter Bollen, head teacher of Trinity High School in Rutherglen focused on transferable skills and the life lessons which can be learned by taking part in the initiative. He said: “The employment opportunities offered once the programme is completed will offer a real lifeline to school leavers for years to come. But it’s not only that, as all those taking part are learning valuable life skills which will set them in good stead for the rest of their lives.”
Brenda McLachlan, head teacher of Stonelaw High School emphasised the importance of joined up working to benefit the community. “We all have a responsibly to support the education of Scotland’s children and this initiative illustrates the benefits when schools and businesses align, not only helping to support school leavers, but the local community as well.”
Clyde Gateway will continue to support the local community, with this programme expected to help school leavers on their journey for years to come.