Muirhall Energy and Springboard UK, a charity which helps young people into employment in the tourism and hospitality industry, have joined forces with Langholm and Lockerbie academies to deliver pilot programmes for 24 pupils.

Muirhall has also committed to a five-year programme which will include an annual IWISH (Into Work in Scottish Hospitality) scheme and an annual Our Restaurant programme in Annandale and Eskdale should its development proposals be approved.

Initially, two Introduction to Hospitality programmes will be funded by Muirhall and delivered by Springboard in September. The programmes will be hosted together with tourism businesses and will provide hands-on training to help young people understand the career opportunities offered by the hospitality and tourism sector and the contribution which good hospitality makes to the economy.

Fiona Colley, regional manager for Springboard in Dumfries and Galloway and a member of the Dumfries and Galloway Employability Partnership, said:

“This region has a sharp focus on youth employment and training so it’s heartening to see Muirhall putting its energy into training which we know can make such a big difference not only to the individual’s future but also to the wider economy.”

The initiative has been welcomed by Stephen Montgomery, president of South West Scotland Licensed Trade Association and proprietor of the Townhead Hotel in Lockerbie. He said:

“It’s great to hear that Muirhall Energy is giving young people this opportunity. We need to enthuse and train them to come into the hospitality industry to ensure our future workforce. I’m looking forward to hosting part of the Introduction to Hospitality programme in September.”

Alastair Yule, Muirhall Energy’s Senior Development Manager, said:

“Our approach to development is rooted in the belief that working with communities is critical to the success of our projects so people should share in the benefits brought forward.”

10th June 2015