PRIME - Teachers Event

Friday, 15th March 2019

Teachers from across Inverness met with leading figures from Scotland's food & drink industry to discuss the growing need for new talent in the hospitality sector.

The event at PRIME restaurant provided professionals with the chance to engage directly with those involved in influencing the careers of the next generation.

This event comes at a crucial time for the industry, which is worth £14 billion to the Scottish economy, as future growth is jeopardised by an increasing skills gap. With around 27,000 job opportunities forecast over the next 10 years, the attending teachers were given a showcase of the wide range of careers available throughout the food chain.

As well as highlighting the growing need for different skills, the event sought to promote the different ways into the sector, including work experience , placement and modern apprenticeships.

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DYWICH's own Andy Maxtone said "The hospitality sector is one of the Highlands key growth sectors over the next 10 years, however new research has revealed a stagnation of young people entering the industry, with InterContinental Hotels Group reporting that less than a quarter of young people consider a career in hospitality.

"It was a fantastic opportunity to provide teachers with insight from those involved with all levels of the food supply chain."

Other groups involved in the event included the Food and Drink Federation Scotland, CRU Holdings, Scotland Food and Drink and Skills Development Scotland.