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Smash Success for A Taste of Borders Tourism

A Tourism and Hospitality event, A Taste of Borders Tourism, organised by Local MSP Rachael Hamilton, Borders College, Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Borders and Midlothian Borders Tourism Action Group (MBTAG) went down a treat with local students.

The event that welcomed 152 pupils from secondary schools across the Borders to Kelso Racecourse educated the invitees to learn more about the vast array of opportunities in the Tourism and Hospitality sector and encourage them to consider it as a rewarding career.

The event highlighted what skills are needed to succeed in the sector and also what skills the sector is short of.

The Scottish Borders is currently experiencing a skills gap in the Tourism & Hospitality sector despite being a key contributor to the local economy and one of the strongest in Scotland. It is estimated that tourism contributes around £20 million to the Borders economy.

The event was kindly sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers, Rabbie’s Tours Scotland, Kelso Racecourse and DYW Borders.

Organisations taking part in the event were:

  • Born in the Borders.
  • Firebrick Brasserie.
  • Visit Scotland.
  • Barony Castle.
  • Buccleuch Arms.
  • Carfraemill.
  • Borders College.
  • MBTAG.
  • Provender Melrose.

 

Rachael Hamilton MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire said:

‘Firstly, many thanks to all who sponsored and helped make this event happen. The Scottish Borders is proud to have one of the strongest Tourism & Hospitality sectors in Scotland and it is right that we celebrate it and work to make it stronger.

‘The sector is facing a skills shortage challenge. However, we have incredibly talented young persons who can fill these shortages and actually help improve and grow the sector.

‘The young people of the Scottish Borders can and will make a tremendous contribution to our local economy and we should support them to do just that. This event has highlighted the talent we have in our young persons. It is time to cultivate that talent and work together to see not only the Tourism & Hospitality sector grow, but also the Scottish Borders economy grow as a whole.

Alexandra Richards from Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers added:

‘Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers are delighted to have supported this inspiring event.  It highlighted that a career in Hospitality & Tourism in the Scottish Borders is not just about working in a hotel or restaurant.  If you are interested in digital marketing, filming, advertising, logistics, management, entrepreneurship and even insurance and risk management – all these roles can and need to be fulfilled in the Hospitality & Tourism Sector in the Scottish Borders with enthusiastic young people who are passionate about where they come from and want to showcase the Scottish Borders to the rest of the world.

‘We are proud to be sponsors of Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland who have provided over 1,200 scholarships and more than 10,000 bursaries to nurture and support the development of local, emerging Scottish talent within the hospitality industry.  Today’s interactive event delivered by Scottish Borders organisations played a really important and vital role in helping young people understand what opportunities are out there for them.’

Young Persons Tourism and Hospitality Event Gearing Up

A Tourism and Hospitality event organised by Local MSP Rachael Hamilton, Borders College, Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Borders and Midlothian Borders Tourism Action Group (MBTAG) is set to go for 26th February.

The event, A Taste of Borders Tourism, is in response to a future skills gap concern from local Hospitality and Tourism employers in the Borders.

The event will welcome 187 pupils from secondary schools across the Borders to Kelso Racecourse to learn more about the vast array of opportunities in the Tourism and Hospitality sector and inspire them to consider this as a rewarding career. It will also help explain what skills are needed not only to succeed in the sector, but also to explain what skills it is short of.

The event is being kindly sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers, Rabbie’s Tours Scotland, Kelso Racecourse and DYW Borders.

Organisations taking part in the event are:

  • Born in the Borders
  • Firebrick Brasserie
  • Visit Scotland
  • Barony Castle
  • Buccleuch Arms
  • Carfraemill
  • Borders College
  • MBTAG
  • Provender Melrose

Tourism contribmtes around £20 million to the Borders economy. Rachael Hamilton MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire said:

‘I am really excited and pleased this event is going ahead on 26th February. It’s really important that young people in the Borders are aware that they live in the Tourism and Hospitality Scottish capital.

‘It’s also really important that young people know what skills they need to get ahead in the sector, what careers the Tourism and Hospitality offers and what skills it needs.

‘There is currently a skills shortage in the sector and that is felt in the Scottish Borders. My hope is that this event will inspire young people to get involved in the sector here in the Borders and help it grow.

Shani Barclay at Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers added:

‘As patrons of the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland, we are delighted to be supporting this event. With a local presence in the Scottish Borders, we feel it is important to educate the next generation on the skills needed and highlight the career opportunities here within the hospitality and tourism sector.’

Andrea Hall – DYW Borders Programme Manager said:

‘A Taste of Borders Tourism is all about bringing together pupils who are taking a tourism or hospitality related subject in their senior phase and industry specialists. We are delighted with the level of interest and commitment from local tourism industries to showcase the exciting opportunities available here in the Borders.’

Highly Commended Winner 2017 of Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight

We are delighted to have been given a highly commended award for our efforts at promoting Scottish Food & Drink during the recent Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2017.  The initiative encouraged businesses of all shapes and sizes to change just one thing to promote Scottish produce.  As members of Scotland’s Food & Drink we championed local producers and suppliers via our social media channels.

Speaking at the official prize giving at the NorthLink Ferries terminal in Aberdeen, Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food at Scotland Food & Drink, said:

“Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight takes place every year and it’s a fantastic way of celebrating our growers, producers, chefs and restaurateurs’, as well as our vast and delicious Scottish larder.”