“We are delighted that some of Scotland’s most prestigious hotels as well as high profile international hotel groups are working with the Hospitality and Tourism Academy. Their contribution in offering work placements and industry knowledge is invaluable.”

Jennifer Bingham, Hospitality and Tourism Coordinator, Academies Project

Industry Partners

A major success of the Academy project has been the buy-in of industry partners. These partners provide students with invaluable industry expertise and offer an insight into some of Scotland’s priority growth areas. They also provide the young people with interesting site visits and practical placements. These hands-on work opportunities equip students with new skills and provide a taster of what it might be like to work in specific industries.


With the development of the first Academy – the Hospitality and Tourism Academy – an impressive range of high profile hotel partners such as Novotel, Marriott, The Caledonian Waldorf Astoria, MacDonald Hotels and Resorts, and The Point Hotel were enthusiastic about lending their support. These organisations saw the potential of a project focused on creating a dynamic young workforce which is fit for purpose – a ready-made source of young talent equipped with the right skills and knowledge to hit the ground running when entering the industry. Very quickly, more hotel organisations came on board to offer work placements and industry overviews. Together, with Edinburgh College and Queen Margaret University, the partnership is working towards raising standards across the hospitality and tourism industry by promoting the ethos that service excellence is the only acceptable standard.


Industry partners are a major component across all four Academies. Their contribution is inspiring youngsters to be the next generation of skilled individuals who are helping Scotland remain as world leaders in food and drink, raising standards in healthcare and the hospitality sector, or contributing to Scotland’s growing creative industries.


With vital on-the-job experience being delivered by key employers, coupled with teaching at college and university, Academy students will be better prepared for employment or higher levels of study. The combination of learning provided by the Academy experience means that students are better informed to make decisions about their future career direction.


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