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SCILT partners with Springboard to promote languages

Author: Meryl James, SCILT/CISS

The Springboard Charity helps people of all ages and backgrounds improve their career potential in hospitality, leisure and tourism, especially young people in education. Springboard UK promotes the industry as a great place to work and collaborates with its business partners to proactively and imaginatively attract and retain talent.

In June this year, SCILT/CISS will partner with Springboard to deliver two Hospitality and Tourism Takeover Days:

  • Glasgow City College Takeover Day on 17 June 2019
  • Edinburgh College Takeover Day on 18 June 2019

The Takeover Days are concerned with developing links with schools and industry through a dynamic interactive programme of activity. These Hospitality and Tourism Takeovers will bring together 200 young people and their teachers from schools across the region and, in partnership with SCILT/CISS, will highlight the importance of languages as an employability skill.

The day will not only showcase the industry at its very best, but will also link directly to the DYW agenda of engaging schools and colleges with industry, enabling young people to develop industry-ready skills, including language skills, through the workshops.

For the last two years, SCILT/CISS has been working with Springboard in Perth and Kinross, supporting The Perth Discovery Trail to promote language skills for the hospitality and tourism industry to schools through ‘tourism trails’. These are interactive projects aimed at S2 pupils. The local DYW group helps to fund and organise these events across Scotland. The clear message they disseminate is that language skills enhance employability. For feedback from pupils and teachers, please see the PowerPoint below.

Springboard also have a programme called INSPIRE, which ensures quality work placements for learners.

More information on our partnership with Springboard is available through this PowerPoint.

If you would like further information, please contact Meryl James.

University of Strathclyde Education Scotland British Council Scotland The Scottish Government
SCILT - Scotlands National centre for Languages