Students may find they need a different set of skills to work in the Scottish hospitality industry, after the government announced it was setting up an investigative group to review and update the qualifications currently needed.
Representatives from the industry, universities and colleges and national skills bodies will meet to discuss where the current qualifications can be adapted to meet the needs of employers during the changing economic climate. They include David Allen of People 1st, Peter Lederer, Chairman of VisitScotland and Gleneagles Hotel Ltd, and Iain Herbert, Chief Executive of the Scottish Tourism Forum.
Minister for Schools and Skills, Maureen Watt, said: "Tourism is a key sector in Scotland and the Scottish Government is committed to ensuring the right conditions exist to enable it to flourish, particularly in these tough economic times. The task group will help us ensure that resources are targeted towards skills and training that best meets the industry`s requirements and that training is also sufficiently flexible to adapt to those changes needs."
The group will look at how hotel schools can work to further benefit the industry, how current qualifications can be adapted to make students more responsive to employer needs, and how the roles of related public bodies work in relation to qualifications development, validation and funding.
They will also examine a recommendation from the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Enterprise and Tourism Committee to rationalise education, skills and training, with resources ‘prioritised to support an industry-backed system.’