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Polmont hotel opens doors to hospitality careers

Service with a smile - apprentice chef Peter Meechan and apprentice Megan Ballantine serve Minister Angela Constance at the Inchyra Steak Club

Service with a smile - apprentice chef Peter Meechan and apprentice Megan Ballantine serve Minister Angela Constance at the Inchyra Steak Club

 

One of the district’s leading hotels is serving up a tasty future in the hospitality industry for young people is.

Angela Constance, Minister for Youth Employment, visited the Macdonald Inchyra Hotel in Polmont to see for herself how the successful programme is operating.

Her visit came as a recent report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills revealed young people in Scotland are the best prepared for work in the country, based on feedback from employers.

Ms Constance was told how Macdonald Hotels is working with Falkirk Council and training provider Positive Qualities, as well as using its own internal Stairways to Success development programme, to give young people training and skills across hospitality functions at the Inchyra.

She met trainee chef Peter Meechan (17), who recently completed his apprenticeship at the hotel and has now been taken on at the four star venue, along with Megan Ballentine (17). The pair cooked and served up a meal in the recently relaunched Scottish Steak Club.

The minister also met Caitlin Swinton (18), an apprentice beautician. All three youngsters live in Falkirk.

The hotel currently has 141 employees, with half the workforce aged between 16 and 24.

Ms Constance said: “The prospects for youth employment in Scotland are bright. Sectors such as hospitality offer good career paths for young people and I am pleased to see employers like Macdonald Hotels here at the Inchyra recognising the value young people bring to the workplace.”

Brett Ingle, the Inchyra’s general manager, said: “As the minister saw, we are very proud to be able to give youngsters the opportunity to develop their self-confidence and skills as they aspire to develop a rewarding career in the hospitality industry.”

 

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