Thistle Hotels staff from across Scotland recently stepped into the classroom to host a series of ‘buddy sessions’ where they provided professional advice to those interested in entering the hospitality industry. The sessions headed up by experts from the hospitality industry aimed to describe their own roles and provide advice on the best way of getting in to the industry.
In support of Scottish Tourism and Scottish Tourism Careers Week and in association with the charity Springboard Scotland, Thistle organised a week-long agenda across its six hotels in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness. Each session was led by a Thistle expert from different fields within the hospitality industry, including operations, housekeeping, general management and catering, each providing an overview of their role and experience, and offering advice on how to pursue a career in that field.
Open days were also held at The King James in Edinburgh and the Thistle Aberdeen Airport hotel where students, job seekers, teachers, careers advisors, journalists and interested members of the public could speak to expert staff from Thistle hotels in Scotland. Thistle Glasgow’s executive chef Billy Campbell also took part in a panel discussion at the ScotHot Exhibition with other expert chefs discussing the topic of ‘Retaining the Talent in Your Team’.
Christian Armstrong, People and Development director for Thistle UK commented: “At Thistle, we have always prided ourselves on our ability to retain staff and develop their skills. We’re extremely proud to have supported Springboard Scotland and its activities during Scottish Tourism and Scottish Tourism Careers Week and we hope our team of experts have inspired people to enter into what is a fantastic industry.”