Hospitality academy is launched

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THE first hospitality and tourism academy for secondary school pupils in Scotland has been launched.

The East Lothian Hospitality and Tourism Academy is a partnership involving Queen Margaret University, Jewel & Esk College, East Lothian Council and a number of hotel groups.

It will involve students from three East Lothian secondary schools and aims to raise the profile of the hospitality and tourism industries.

Thirty-eight pupils from Musselburgh Grammar School, Preston Lodge High School in Prestonpans and Ross High School in Tranent will be the first to take part in the new Academy.

Marriott and Novotel have signed up as business partners, as have Macdonald Hotels and Resorts, Jurys Inn, Mercure and Best Western Edinburgh Capital Hotel. Prestonfield has also pledged support, as well as Fraser Suites Edinburgh.

Professor Alan Gilloran, vice principal at Queen Margaret University, said: “Thriving hospitality and tourism industries are critical to Scotland’s economic growth and to bolstering employment opportunities for our younger generation..”