Two hundred local school pupils have enjoyed an insight into the hospitality, tourism and leisure industry.
The Dundee Discovery Trail and Skills Challenge, organised by Springboard in collaboration with DYW Tay Cities, led S2 pupils from across Dundee and Angus on a walking trail, discovering the diverse range of career opportunities on offer while making connections with industry professionals. Pupils also developed their team-building, problem-solving, and communication skills.
As part of the programme, which was split over two days, the young people also enjoyed hands-on skills challenges at three venues including Dundee Science Centre where they participated in and presented a Tik-Tok challenge to promote the centre, engaged with staff and explored the attraction.
Lorraine Lemon, Head of Business Development at Dundee Science Centre said, “We were delighted to welcome these young people to Dundee Science Centre, effectively becoming their classroom for the day! We were really impressed by their enthusiasm and perspective on the attraction, and it was great to highlight the many career opportunities that exist in this sector locally, the opportunities for advancement and to shine a light on some roles they hadn’t perhaps considered.
“What young people learn at school is one thing but it’s also essential to expose pupils to the day-to-day running of the tourism and hospitality industry to bring these career discussions to life, raise aspirations and show young people the possibilities that exist on their doorstep. It was also an opportunity for our staff to tell their stories of how they came to work here, and why hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism are such exciting sectors to be in.”
Amanda McDade, National Head of Careers and Education, expressed delight in partnering with DYW Tay Cities, Dundee Science Centre, Apex Hotels and Discovery Point to offer this enriching learning experience.
She said, “The Dundee Trail opens doors to the vibrant world of tourism, hospitality, and leisure for young minds. It’s an exciting journey that not only connects them with industry leaders and employers but also unlocks opportunities for work experience and employment. This trail is fostering lasting bonds between local schools, colleges, ambassadors, and businesses.”
For more information about Dundee Science Centre, visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk