Students, parents and teachers from across the North-east will get a chance to explore the diverse range of careers the growing hospitality sector provides during a free information evening in Aberdeen on November 27.

Developing the Young Workforce North East Scotland (DYW) and the Aberdeen City & Shire Hotels Association (ACHSA) have teamed up to deliver the event which will give young people the chance to hear directly from professionals already working in the sector across a wide range of roles. There will also be a networking opportunity to learn about the career pathways from colleges and universities.

Employing 3.2 million people, producing £130bn of economic activity and generating £39bn in taxation for the UK Government, it is the third largest private sector employer and the largest sub-sector of the tourism industry. With ambitions to create tens of thousands of new jobs and up to 200,000 new apprenticeships over the next five years, as well as broader development and learning opportunities, DYW NES believe hospitality is a sector worth exploring.

Chairman Steve Petrie said: “When school students think about their future profession, a career in hospitality may not spring to mind. Commonly misconceived as an industry best suited for just a summer or weekend job, in reality the multi-billion pound hospitality sector is bursting with a variety of roles that promise valuable and rewarding long-term careers and lots of fun too.

“I hope that parents, young people and teachers will be both amazed and excited by the huge opportunities that exist in the hospitality sector. The future is bright and the forecast is for growth, come along and see what’s on offer.”

The event has been given the backing of Sir Ian Wood, chair of the DYW Commission, who said: “Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in the North-east of Scotland, and there will be many great career opportunities in hospitality in the region. The Marcliffe event will be a great opportunity for parents and youngsters to learn more about these opportunities and I would definitely encourage them to attend.”

The information event takes place at The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa, North Deeside Road, from 6-7.30pm on Tuesday, November 27. For further details or to register to attend, visit http://bit.ly/TasteOfHosp or email info@dyw.co.uk

Sir Ian Wood, chair of DYW Commission