Aberdeen City and Shire Hotel Association (ACSHA) have been working hard in this Year of Young People to engage youngsters to choose a career in hospitality and tourism.

If you were at the TREND awards dinner you might have met some sparkling young people from hotels across the city on the ACSHA table. Inviting them to this glamorous  evening was all about encouraging youngsters, and showing them the fun side of the industry. Invitations to the upcoming Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) dinner in September and the Regional Tourism Awards later in the year will also be offered to several more lucky youngsters.

September will also see the arrival of three French students from one of Europe’s leading catering schools, The Escoffier. The prestigious school are working with ACSHA, Nescol and Aberdeen Inspired to o er the trio opportunities to work for two months as part of the hospitality teams of two leading Aberdeen city hotels, The Chester Hotel and The Carmelite.

Gary Atkinson, owner of the Carmelite and Chair of ACSHA, was full of praise for the initiative. ‘We believe strongly that training our younger employees is the key to building a stronger management team for the years to come. Our ambition is to have a long term relationship with The Escoffier in Paris with a full exchange programme next year’.

The ACSHA is also working with the Chamber of Commerce and Developing Young Workforce (DYW)  to plan an event to be hosted at The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa in November, to help to raise the profile of the hospitality industry amongst schools and parents.


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